Pat Cummins (left) and Josh Hazlewood    Getty Images (file photo)
Pat Cummins (left) and Josh Hazlewood Getty Images (file photo)

Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been ruled out of Australia‘s upcoming Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. Both men are currently recovering from injuries, and had missed the ODIs and T20Is in both England and Zimbabwe. Neither men has taken field since Australia’s tour of South Africa earlier this year, which saw Steven Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft getting suspended after a ball-tampering incident.

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Mitchell Starc, Australia’s other injured fast bowler, had also missed the England and Zimbabwe tours. However, Starc has been training, and is on track for the first Test against Pakistan, scheduled for October.

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“Pat and Josh are progressing well from their lumbar bone stress injuries but are not bowling,” said team Australian physiotherapist David Beakley, “so unfortunately they will not be at the level required for Test match intensity come October.”

However, Beakley added that said they aimed to be available for the ODIs against South Africa in November and the subsequent series against India, both at home.

Hazlewood has taken 151 wickets from 40 Tests at 26.84, while Cummins has 66 from 15, at 23.81. Both men played major roles in Australia regaining The Ashes the previous Australian summer, Hazlewood taking 21 wickets at 25.90 and Cummins 22 at 21.45.

(with inputs from AFP)