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Australian bowler Pat Cummins out for most of season with back injury

2nd November 2012

• Cummins suffering from stress fracture of spine
• Bowler hopes to be fit for Ashes in 2013

The Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins will miss most of the rest of the season with a back injury, Cricket Australia has said.

The 19-year-old is one of the most exciting talents in Australian cricket and it had been hoped he might be in contention for selection for the third Test against South Africa later in November.

“Pat Cummins returned from Champions League Twenty20 duties with the Sydney Sixers with some back soreness,” the team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. “Because of his age and past history we decided to investigate the source of the pain and unfortunately he has an early stage stress fracture of his spine, confirmed by scans today.

“Pat had a spine bone stress injury a few years ago but the current injury is new and in an entirely different part of the spine. We expect he will recover fully from this injury and will be closely monitored to determine his return to the playing field, but expect that he will miss most of the 2012-13 domestic cricket season.”

Cummins burst onto the international scene in sensational fashion by taking seven wickets on his debut to help Australia win the second Test in South Africa last year. That remains his only Test appearance, however, and his appearances in other formats have also been restricted by what looks to be a worrying fragility in his physique.

The fast bowler said he was already scheduled to visit the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to get his action examined.

“We were talking about going down to the AIS, we were already booked in to have a look at my action while we had time,” Cummins said. “We’d been planning to do it for a while, just to see what it came up with. One thing I noticed was I might have been falling away a bit more than say a year ago. When I’m bowling with a red ball I try to swing it and when I’m swinging the ball everything’s going well. But when you’re bowling cross seamers with a white ball you kind of fall into bad habits maybe.”

Cummins said he was keen to return in the thick of things to win the Ashes back for Australia.

“The Champions Trophy in England and obviously the Ashes is a major goal,” he said. “Certainly not ruled that out yet, hopefully I’ll be right for them.”


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