Challenges lie ahead for the Aussies as lower back injuries ruled out pace bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood for Australia’s series upcoming series against Pakistan.

They “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,” said David Beakly, Physiotherapist of Cricket Australia.

However, Cummins and Hazlewood should be fit to return in the limited overs series against SA in November, he added.

Australia under the leadership of Tim Paine will play two tests, three ODIs, and a T20I against Pakistan in UAE this October.

The country’s frontline pacers Cummins, Hazlewood including Mitchell Starc hasn’t featured at the top level after the SA series loss earlier this year.

“On a positive note Mitchell Starc is back to unrestricted training and remains on track for the test series against Pakistan,” Beakley said.

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