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Back injury forces Cummins out of Bangladesh tour

Australia's Pat Cummins appeals and dismisses England's Alex Hales. Action Images via Reuters / Philip Brown

Sydney: Australian emerging speedster Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the upcoming Bangladesh Test series with a serious back injury.

Describing the injury as ‘a new early-stage lumbar bone stress fracture’, Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley confirmed that the 22-year-old speed merchant would not be able to participate in the Bangladesh Test series, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Beakley further said that Cummins will now enter a lengthy rehabilitation program.

Cummins, who has only played one Test, struggled to cope with back pain sustained during the recently concluded one-day series against England.

Meanwhile, World Cup-winning all-rounder James Faulkner has been roped in as replacement for the injured bowler in the two-match Test series against Bangladesh in October. (ANI)