Pat Cummins “will now undergo a period of recovery and rehabilitation”
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The Mumbai Indians have been dealt a huge blow as Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a back injury.
Cummins was purchased by the Indians for INR 5.4 crores at the IPL auction in January.
Cummins’ injury arose while during the fourth Test against South Africa, but to make matters worse, Australia physiotherapist David Beakley has revealed that the 24-year-old could also miss the national team’s limited overs tour of England in June.
“Pat experienced some back soreness during the fourth Test in South Africa,” Beakley said in a statement on Tuesday as quoted by Cricbuzz. “Follow-up scans have confirmed that he has bone oedema in his vertebrae. It is important that Pat has time off bowling, to prevent the injury becoming more serious and consequently we have made the decision to rule Pat out of the IPL.
“Pat will now undergo a period of recovery and rehabilitation and we will look to re-scan him in a few weeks to assess the healing,” he added. “Following this we will be in a better position to decide on Pat’s return to play timeline including participation in the limited overs tour of the UK.”
The Indians will now have to look for a replacement for Cummins, who was Australia’s highest wicket-taker during the four-Test series against South Africa with 22 victims at an average of 21.45.