Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins has been ruled out of 2018 Indian Premier League due to a back injury. The news comes as a big blow to Mumbai Indians, who signed him for this year’s competition.
The 24-year old has been excellent for Australia in Test cricket and played 13 games on the trot since his return to the national side. A grueling Ashes series against England saw bowler play all five games in the series. He also played all four games against South Africa.
2018 Indian Premier League will definitely miss the Pat Cummins as he is one of the leading bowlers in world cricket besides Mitchell Starc and Kagiso Rabada. Faf Du Plessis is also carrying a finger injury and has not played the first two games for Chennai in the competition.
Australia’s physiotherapist, David Beakley said that Cummins experienced discomfort in his back in South Africa last week and is effectively ruled out of Australia one-day series in England in June.
Pat Cummins had gone for further examination which revealed that he has bond oedema in his vertebrae. He is advised to take rest to avoid any serious injury that will see not play this year’s Indian Premier League.
Pat Cummins will go through a period of rehabilitation and assess his condition. Cricket Australia have taken due diligence with regards to Cummins as he suffered from a lot of injuries in the early part of his career. He made his Test debut for Australia in November 2011 and was out of action for almost five years. He made his return to the side against India in February 2017 and performed well in trying conditions in India.
He was leading wicket-taker for the side in the recently concluded series against South Africa with 21 wickets to his name. Australia will be hoping that he can get back to full fitness and become available for the Pakistan series that will be played in UAE in October.
Australia will without their key players in David Warner, Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft who have been banned from playing international cricket after being found guilty of ball tampering in the third game at Cape Town against South Africa.