IPL 2018: Cummins Out of IPL Due to Back Injury 

Pat Cummins was picked up by the Mumbai Indians for INR 5.4 crore in the auction earlier this year

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File photo of Pat Cummins.

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins, who was is playing for the Mumbai Indians this season, has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League with a back issue.

Confirming the news, Cricket Australia said the 24-year-old has bone oedema in his vertebrae -in other words, swelling in the joint, which is not the more serious stress fracture.

Cummins was picked up by the Mumbai Indians for INR 5.4 crore in the auction earlier this year. He missed tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings, where his team lost by a slender margin. He joins his Australian teammate Mitchell Starc in the list of injured players who will not take part in the IPL.

Pat experienced some back soreness during the fourth Test in South Africa. 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.
David Beakley, CA’s Bupa Support Team Physiotherapist

According to Beakley, Pat will now undergo a period of recovery and rehabilitation and his progress will be checked in few weeks to assess the healing. Only after this the team management will decide whether to include Cummins in the limited overs tour of England.

Cummins has played 13 consecutive Tests for Australia since being parachuted into the team on the India tour a year ago. He has bowled 447.5 overs across all formats since the start of the last Australian summer.

Cummins has had a long history of back issues since his debut in the Australian Test team as an 18-year-old, but has been one of the consistent bowlers in the side.

He was an integral part of the Australian side that won the Ashes 4-0 and produced several key spells on the ill-fated South Africa tour, that saw him leap into the top ten of the ICC Test bowler rankings for the first time.

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