Touted as a rare talent, Pat Cummins made his debut in all the three formats for the Aussies at just 18, but since then has had an injury plagued career. The latest of his setbacks is his untimely stress fracture which will see him miss the Bangladesh tour, as the long wait for his test return continues.
Yet another opportunity to cement his spot went begging for the talented New South Wales man, as he had just got into his stride in the international circuit during Australia’s Ashes tour of England. The Bangladesh series could have provided Cummins just the right platform to resurrect his career and the player himself was keenly looking forward to the opportunity.
“I felt as ready as I have been throughout the Ashes,” Cummins had told the 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 beamed, ignorant of his forthcoming injury.
“Pat Cummins experienced lower back pain during the last ODI match in the UK and this pain continued upon his return to Australia,” Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley was quoted saying.
“He subsequently underwent an MRI scan yesterday which unfortunately has revealed a new early stage lumbar bone stress fracture.” he said.
“Consequently Pat will be unable to participate in the Bangladesh Test series and will now enter into a lengthy rehabilitation program.” he added.
Meanwhile James Faulkner got his call up following Cummins’ unfortunate injury.
“This is really unfortunate for Pat and I know how disappointed he will be,” selector Rodney Marsh had said
“He is a young bowler with a bright future for Australia and we were really pleased with how he bowled in the UK.We have opted to replace him with James Faulkner.” he added.
“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.” he concluded.