Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been ruled out of the upcoming two-Test match series against Pakistan that will be played in UAE in the month of October. For Australia, it is a setback of sorts as the side will be without their two frontline seamers for the series. Cricket Australia also stated that Cummins and Hazlewood are still going through rehabilitation process after suffering from injuries earlier this year.
Both the players have sustained back injuries and might be fit in time for the one-day series against South Africa in November. The one big positive is Mitchell Starc has regained full fitness and is available for selection for the series against Pakistan.
Australia Physiotherapist David Beakley said that Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are doing well in their rehabilitation process after suffering from back injuries. He said that the duo will not be available for the series in UAE and said that they will make comeback in the one-day series against South Africa. Mitchell Starc has been bowling in the nets and will be available for selection against Pakistan for the series in UAE.
Pat Cummins has been phenomenal in short span of time and has picked up 66 wickets from 14 games at an average of 23.81. The 25-year old will be keen to play a lot of domestic circuit before the series against India to be played in Australia.
Josh Hazlewood has impressive numbers in the five-day format and has picked up 151 wickets from 40 games at an average of 26.84.
Australia will kick-start their home season with three-match one-day series against South Africa. The side will also play one-off T20 game against South Africa to conclude the series. Australia will then host India for four-match Test series that will start from 6th December.
Tim Paine and co. will have work hard as their recent record in Asia has not been very good. Australia last won a series in the subcontinent in 2011 against Sri Lanka and has lost to teams like Bangladesh and Pakistan during this time.