Pat Cummins hopes of a long-awaited second Test for Australia have been dealt a savage blow with the paceman ruled out of the Bangladesh tour with a back injury.
Cummins, who has struggled with numerous injuries since his only Test against South Africa in 2011, had suffered a stress fracture in his lower back, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.
Speaking after his selection in the initial Test squad earlier this month, Cummins was confident his body was ready to withstand the rigours of Test cricket.
“I felt as ready as I have been throughout the Ashes,” he told cricket.com.au.
“I played a few first-class games and felt really good so I was itching to get a game. Unfortunately, it didn’t come through so hopefully I’ll get a chance in Bangladesh.”
“He subsequently underwent an MRI scan yesterday which, unfortunately, has revealed a new early stage lumbar bone stress fracture.
“Consequently Pat will be unable to participate in the Bangladesh Test series and will now enter into a lengthy rehabilitation program,” team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a statement.
Fast bowling all-rounder James Faulkner has been called as a replacement for Cummins in the squad for the Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka
“This is really unfortunate for Pat and I know how disappointed he will be,” selectors chairman Rod Marsh said.
“He is a young bowler with a bright future for Australia and we were really pleased with how he bowled in the UK.
“James comes back into the Australia test side having only played the one test, but he is an exciting young bowler who could be very handy in the conditions we are likely to see in Bangladesh.”
Apparently his latest injury will be another huge blow as the 22-year-old seemed to return to his best form in the recently concluded ODI series against England. Cummins was also part in the Ashes squad, but he couldn’t find a spot in the playing eleven