<div class="img-caption-wrap img-caption-wrap-left"> <img alt="Pat Cummins breaks down again; to miss" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130819151912.jpg" title="Pat Cummins breaks down again; to miss" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:290px;"> Pat Cummins was forced to return home from South Africa where he was playing for Australia A in a tri-series © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Aug 19, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Cricket-Australia/post" target="_blank">Cricket Australia</a> have confirmed that fast bowler <a href="/tags/Pat-Cummins/post" target="_blank">Pat Cummins</a> has suffered a recurrence of his lower back bone stress injury, due to which he missed most of the 2012-13 season.<br /> <br /> Cummins, who was playing for <a href="/tags/Australia-A/post" target="_blank">Australia A</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 <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/India-A-beat-Australia-A-by-50-runs-clinch-tri-series/29950" target="_blank">lost</a> to India A by 50 runs.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> "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."<br /> <br /> 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 <a href="/tags/India-A/post" target="_blank">India A</a>.