Australia’s teenage pace sensation Pat Cummins will likely miss the bulk of the home Test series against India with a bone stress heel injury, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old fast bowler suffered the injury during his man-of-the-match debut in last month's second Johannesburg Test against South Africa.
It was initially thought to be bruising but new scans have revealed a bone stress problem and Cummins is unlikely to bowl again until early to mid-January, CA said.
“By the end of last week it was apparent to all of us managing him that he was progressing slower than expected for a soft tissue injury of the heel,” Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Wednesday.
“As such we arranged for him to see a foot specialist and had further scans that have identified a bone component to his injury that was not evident on the original scans.
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has warned Cummins about his Indian Premier League ambitions after it emerged the talented teenager’s heel injury would see him sidelined for most of the Australian cricket summer.
Despite calls from senior players that Cummins should be spared one-day and Twenty20 to be fresh for Test cricket, the bowler’s management has confirmed he would nominate for the IPL auction.