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Big Setback For Australia Ahead Of Pakistan Series, Two Star Players Ruled Out

crictoday 2018-08-09 18:36:42

Australia will travel to the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan in a two-match Test series . They will be without Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, who have been ruled out as the duo is undergoing rehabilitation for their back injuries. They are expected to make a comeback in November.

"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," David Beakley, Australia's physiotherapist, 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," he added. Mitchell Starc, on the other hand, is recovering well and is on the verge of regaining full fitness ahead of this tour.

"Mitchell Starc is back to unrestricted training and remains on track for the Test Series against Pakistan," said Beakley.