Get the app

Cummins and Hazlewood Ruled Out of Pakistan Tests

On a positive note Mitchell Starc is back to unrestricted training and remains on track for the Test Series against Pakistan.

Reuters |August 9, 2018, 12:33 PM IST
Cummins and Hazlewood Ruled Out of Pakistan Tests

Fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been ruled out of Australia's test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates after failing to recover from injuries, further depleting an already inexperienced side.

Australia head to the UAE for a test series slated for October without two of their most experienced campaigners, with former captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner suspended after a ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March.

With Cummins and Hazlewood still recovering from their lumbar bone stress injuries, much sting has been taken out of the attack of the Tim Paine-led squad.

"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," team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a statement.

"Barring any setbacks, we are hopeful that Pat and Josh will return via the back-end of the (domestic) 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."

Australia play South Africa in the first one-dayer of the three-match series in Perth on Nov. 4 before hosting India for three Twenty20, four tests and three one-day internationals.

Australia's pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, however, remains on track to be fit for the USE tour, Beakley said.

"On a positive note Mitchell Starc is back to unrestricted training and remains on track for the Test Series against Pakistan," Beakley said.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
see more