Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins (above) will be missing the upcoming Bangladesh tour due to the stress fracture in his back.
The 22-year-old has been replaced by the all-rounder James Faulkner, who played his last international match in March against New Zealand.
Cummins may have to sit out for a long time, depending on the seriousness of his injury. He suffered the same injury in 2012-13, which forced him out of the entire season.
Cummins’ exclusion from the squad is a big blow for Australia. He was one of the star performers in the recently finished one-day series against England, claiming 12 wickets in five matches.
Selector Rod Marsh sympathises with Cummins, saying that it is unfortunate for him to be ruled out from the squad.
“He is a young bowler with a bright future for Australia and we were really pleased with how he bowled in the UK,” Marsh said.
Cummins’ replacement Faulkner is also making a return to the team, after being left out from the one-day squad in the England tour due to drink driving in Manchester, in July.
“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,” said Marsh.
Cummins is the second player, after David Warner, to be ruled out of Bangladesh tour due to injury. – Md Zahin
Top photo from Pat Cummins official Facebook page.