The Australian pacemen Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been ruled out the two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE in October because of lower back injuries. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc in on the right path to be match ready, the Cricket Australia announced on Thursday.
As of now, Australia are scheduled to play two Tests and three One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 international in the UAE. Cummins has been out of action since pulling up sore after the fourth Test in South Africa in April. Scans later revealed a bone oedema in his vertebrae. Meanwhile, Hazlewood was ruled out ahead of Australia’s limited-overs tour of England.
David Beakley, Australia’s men’s team physiotherapist, said: “Pat and Josh are progressing well from their lumbar bone stress injuries but are not bowling, so, unfortunately, they will not be at the level required for Test match intensity come October.
"Barring any setbacks, we are hopeful that Pat and Josh will return via the back-end of the JLT One-Day Cup, with the aim of them being available for the ODI Series against South Africa in November as they build towards the Indian Test Series.
"On a positive note Mitchell Starc is back to unrestricted training and remains on track for the Test Series against Pakistan.”
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