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IPL 2018: Huge blow for Mumbai Indians ahead of their second game

[caption id="attachment_54976" align="aligncenter" width="580"]16Cummins Pat Cummins is out of IPL due to back injury. Image Source: File Pic[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: A huge blow for three-time Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians as their ace Australian pacer Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League season 11 due to a back injury, Cricket Australia has confirmed.

Cummins, a vital member of MI missed the opening match against Chennai Super Kings, where they faced a narrow defeat.

The 24-year-old pacer has "bone oedema in his vertebrae" – in other words, swelling in the joint, which is not the more serious stress fracture.

CA's Bupa Support 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."

The 24-year-old has played 13 consecutive Tests for Australia since being parachuted into the team on the India tour a year ago. He has bowled 447.5 overs across all formats since the start of the last Australian summer.

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