Australian pacer Patt Cummins has been ruled out of IPL 2018 due to a back injury. He will no longer play a part for the defending champions Mumbai Indians this season. The injury is not understood to be serious but there will not be any risks taken with Cummins, who has a long history of back-related problems. The long test series between South Africa and Australia have caused injuries to Mitchell Starc and Kagiso Rabada, who were earlier ruled out of the IPL and joining them now is Patt Cummins.
Cricket Australia has confirmed that the 24-year old fast bowler will be out of action due to a “bone oedema in his vertebrae” – which in simpler terms means a swelling in the joint, which is not the more serious stress fracture.
CA’s Team Physiotherapist, David Beakley said, “Pat has 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.“
He will be the 4th Australian after Steve Smith, David Warner and Mitchell Starc to miss 11th edition of IPL.