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Behrendorff’s Lord’s debut one to remember

By AAP Newswire

Twelve months ago while Australia's third-string attack was being marmalised by England's batsmen, Jason Behrendorff was simply wondering if his body could even handle the rigours of fast bowling.

With Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Coulter-Nile all injured, the likes of Andrew Tye, Michael Neser and Billy Stanlake were being carted around grounds up and down the UK as Australia sunk to a 5-0 Ashes whitewash against England.

Back in Perth Behrendorff was battling his way though yet another back problem, an issue that has plagued him constantly since he suffered a serious fracture in 2015.

But after impressing against South Africa for the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra last October, Behrendorff took his first steps back towards international cricket, culminating in a career-best 5-44 at Lord's to beat England in a World Cup match.

"Some days, especially during all the rehab periods, you think: 'am I going to get back; am I going to be able to get out there and play for my country'," Behrendorff said.

"It's one of those things you dream of as a kid to play cricket for Australia; and then to come here and play at Lord's my first time here ... I trained here the other day and my first game here, so yeah, it was something special."

Behrendorrf and Starc took nine wickets between them in the 64-run win to put a dent in England's semi-final hopes and the West Australian said the team were full of confidence heading towards the knockout stages.

"It's huge," he said.

"Every game that we can win is massive. Especially in a tournament like this, you always -- they talk a lot about momentum, and that's something that's really important.

"So to continue winning, to continue playing good cricket, we're still serve offing to try and play a perfect game, but we're slowly getting better and better each time and today was another really good result for us."

Starc, who delivered the ball of the tournament - a full-length, inswinging yorker to dismiss England dangerman Ben Stokes for 88 - paid tribute to his understated fellow southpaw.

"He's fairly quiet. But when he speaks it's all sense," Starc said.

"He's come into the group really nicely. He hasn't played a heap of cricket for Australia but when he has he's bowled those good balls and come up with those good spells.

"He's continuing to learn and develop as a bowler and he's done a good job again today."