Young Australian Fast Bowler Suffers Stress Fracture

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Pat Cummins has suffered yet another serious back injury in his young career and will be replaced by James Faulkner for Australia's upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Cummins has suffered from a number of back and foot problems in his career as a young fast bowler since he made his Australian debut four years ago.

"Pat Cummins experienced lower back pain during the last ODI match in the UK and this pain continued upon his return to Australia," Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said according to the Sydney Morning Herald.


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"He subsequently underwent an MRI scan yesterday which, unfortunately, has revealed a new early stage lumbar bone stress fracture."

Cummins had recently returned to the Australian team at the back end of the recently concluded Ashes tour, playing in the sole T20 and all of the subsequent One Day Internationals.

Cummins had performed well in the matches returning as the leading wicket-taker in the One Day series with 12 wickets, four more than any other bowler, and a superb strike rate of a wicket every 22 balls.

Throughout the series, he was bowling consistently over 90mph and was once noted to have touched 96mph on the speed-gun.

Dominic Thornely, a member of Cummins's management team, told the Sydney Morning Herald: "He was disappointed but said, 'It's part of the game. I bowl 150km per hour; it's going to happen."

James Faulkner has been called up as his replacement who will join Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and, uncapped, Andrew Fekete in the Australian squad for the tour to Bangladesh.

Faulkner has made only one previous appearance for the Australian test team, back in the Fifth Test of the 2013 Ashes Series. He was recently not included in the Australian limited overs squad due to a drink-driving charge while playing for Lancashire this summer.

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