Hamish Bennett to undergo surgery

New Zealand fast bowler Hamish Bennett will undergo surgery next month as he looks to overcome a persistent lower-back problem.

Bennett, who has been out of competitive cricket for more than ten months, is expected to miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season for the NEw Zealand and Canterbury Wizards.

“Scans have revealed that a combination of factors are combining to put pressure on a nerve in Hamish’s back and thus causing recurrent pain when he attempts to bowl at 100% exertion”, NZC medical director Ian Murphy said.

“An orthopaedic spine surgeon has recommended that the best management at this stage would be to undergo surgery to attempt to alleviate the pressure on the nerve.”

Bennett last played a competitive match in March, for New Zealand against Sri Lanka in the group stages of the World Cup. He was ruled out of the latter stages of the tournament after injuring his ankle and Achilles tendon.

He missed New Zealand’s tour of Zimbabwe in October and November due to his sore back.

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