Pat Cummins to miss third consecutive summer after lower back stress fracture resurfaces

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Cummins has not played a Sheffield Shield match since March 2011

Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins is set to miss his third consecutive home summer after his lower back stress fracture resurfaced during Australia A’s tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Ever since making his memorable Test debut in 2011, where he took seven wickets against South Africa in Johannesburg, the 20-year-old has been plagued with numerous injuries, a majority of which have been centred around the back and foot region.

Due to all the serious injuries he has sustained, Cummins has only played four first-class matches to date and has not participated in any Sheffield Shield matches since March 2011.

“Pat returned home early from the Australia A tour of South 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,” Cricket Australia chief medical officer, Justin Paoloni, said. “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.”

Just before making his return for Australia A, Cummins noted that he had been working with a running coach in order to improve his bowling action and run-up.

“It’s going against everything I’ve done for the last 20 years and trying to do something totally different,” Cummins told ESPNcricinfo at the time. “It’s certainly been a little bit foreign, but at the same time I want to nail it down because I know it’s going to turn me into a better bowler.”

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