Pat Cummins breaks down again; to miss

Pat Cummins was forced to return home from South Africa where he was playing for Australia A in a tri-series © Getty Images

Aug 19, 2013
 
Cricket Australia have confirmed that fast bowler Pat Cummins has suffered a recurrence of his lower back bone stress injury, due to which he missed most of the 2012-13 season.
 
Cummins, who was playing for Australia A in a tri-series in South Africa, was forced to return home on August 12 for further assessment on the injury. Cummins was reported to be in some pain ahead of the tri-series final, which Australia A lost to India A by 50 runs.
 
CA Chief Medical Officer, Justin Paoloni, said in a statement on their official website: “Pat returned home early from the Australia A tour of Africa with some side/back soreness and scans have shown a partial recurrence of his lower back bone stress injury suffered in October last year when he returned home from Champions League.
 
“He will be closely monitored to determine his return to the playing field, but expect that he will miss most of the 2013-14 domestic cricket season.”
 
Cummins, 20, has had a history of breakdowns. After a setback during the 2012 Champions Trophy, he made a comeback from injury in June this year, and was part of Australia A tours to the United Kingdom and Africa. While he did not play a single game in the UK, he played just the one match in the South Africa tri-series, finishing with figures of none for 53 against India A.