Aussie paceman Cummins ruled out of IPL

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has been ruled out of this season’s India Premier League (IPL) due to soreness in his back and could be a doubt for the Aussies’ tour to England in June.

The 24-year-old Cummins, who was Australia’s best bowler in the recent Test series defeat in South Africa, has history with back injuries and Cricket Australia will take every precaution with the paceman.

The quick was bought by the Mumbai Indians for this season’s IPL but missed the opening game of the tournament on Saturday.

Australian team physiotherapist David Beakley said: “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.

“Pat will now undergo a period of recovery and rehabilitation and we will look to re-scan him in a few weeks to assess the healing.

“Following this we will be in a better position to decide on Pat’s return to play timeline including participation in the limited overs tour of the UK.”

Australia will play five ODIs and one T20 against England in June and Australia will be opening the fast bowler will have recovered by that time.