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Blow for Australia with Cummins, Hazlewood out of Pakistan series

9 August 2018 8:00 AM
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Cummins and Hazlewood have not suffered setbacks but do not have enough time to be fit for the Tests in October. They are not said to be in doubt for the marquee series against India and could even be ready for the one-day internationals at home in November. For Cummins, it ends a run of 13 consecutive Tests.

"Pat and Josh are progressing well from their lumbar bone stress injuries but are not bowling, so unfortunately they will not be at the level required for Test match intensity come October," Australia's team physiotherapist David Beakley said.

"Barring any setbacks, we are hopeful that Pat and Josh will return via the back-end of the JLT One-Day Cup, with the aim of them being available for the ODI series against South Africa in November as they build towards the Indian Test Series.

"On a positive note Mitchell Starc is back to unrestricted training and remains on track for the Test series against Pakistan."

The team that takes to the field for the first Test in the UAE will include at least five players who were not in the XI which wrapped up a 4-0 Ashes success in Sydney at the start of the year.


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