On Thursday, Australian fast bowling spearheads Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been ruled out of the Test series against Pakistan which will take place in United Arab Emirates in October, confirmed Cricket Australia.
The duo has not been the part of the Australian team since last four months where they missed the series against South Africa in March-April and presently they are undergoing rehabilitation for their back injuries and won't be available for the two-match Test series.
Both the pacers are likely to return to action in November with New South Wales, in the domestic one-day competition.
However, the fitness of the duo will be pivotal ahead of Australia's packed international home season - a limited-overs series against South Africa, a full series against India followed by a two-Test series against Sri Lanka.
"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.
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