Sydney - Australia's Pat Cummins is set to miss Wednesday's Cricket World Cup clash
against Afghanistan after the fast bowler's latest injury setback,
Cricket Australia said on Monday.
Officials said Cummins had suffered
a "slight side strain" and was now doubtful for Wednesday's match
against tournament debutants Afghanistan in Perth.
seven not out and took two for 38 from 6.1 overs on his tournament debut
during Australia's dramatic one-wicket Pool A loss to fellow co-hosts
New Zealand at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.
fast bowler gave an Australia squad already facing injury problems a
fresh scare when he went over on his right ankle with just his fourth
ball after slipping in his delivery stride.
Cummins fell over in
similar fashion bowling for the Sydney Thunder against the Perth
Scorchers in the Big Bash League Twenty20 match at the WACA on New
On Saturday, he got up quickly and continued bowling
before New Zealand's Kane Williamson drove him back over his head for
the winning six.
A Cricket Australia spokesman said Cummins
reported an issue after the New Zealand game on Saturday but scans
showed "nothing serious".
Cummins's career has already been beset
by injuries, while Australia's World Cup campaign has seen the likes of
skipper Michael Clarke, who also made his 2015 tournament debut in
Auckland, and all-rounder James Faulkner sidelined.
will be monitored by Australia team medical staff, with his fitness to
face Afghanistan at the WACA and Sri Lanka, in what could be an
important match in terms of quarter-final qualification, on Sunday still
to be confirmed.
Should Cummins be ruled out of Wednesday's match
it would open the door to fellow fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, while
Australia could make another change to their side if big-hitting
all-rounder Faulkner comes through Monday's net session unscathed.
one of the pre-tournament favourites, opened their World Cup campaign
with a thumping 111-run win over arch-rivals England but their last two
Pool matches have ended in a no-result wash-out with Bangladesh and last
weekend's nailbiting loss to New Zealand.