Sydney - Young fast bowler Pat Cummins has returned home early from Australia
A's tour of South Africa with a back complaint in yet another injury
setback, Cricket Australia (CA) said Monday.
Cummins took six
wickets in three tour matches against Zimbabwe, South Africa A and India
A over the past month, but CA said he would return early to have his
"Pat reported some left rib/back pain during the
Australia A game against India A last week," team physiotherapist Kevin
Sims said in a statement.
"With only Wednesday's final remaining
in the series, the decision was made for him to return to Australia to
assess the injury."
It is a worrying sign for the rising
20-year-old paceman, who has missed the last two Australian domestic
summers with back and foot injuries following a remarkable Test debut in
Cummins claimed man-of-the-match honours against South
Africa in Johannesburg, which included claiming 6-79 in the second
innings and hitting the winning runs in a narrow Australian victory.
He was also sent home from Australia's one-day tour of England in the middle of last year with a side strain.
Cummins has made just six first-class appearances in three years due to his long list of injuries. and had returned home for assessment.