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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

No UAE action for Hazlewood and Cummins as Australia pair ruled out of Pakistan series

Injury sidelines both bowlers for Test series in October

UAE cricket fans will see neither Josh Hazlewood, pictured, or Pat Cummins on Australia's tour of the UAE to face Pakistan in October. Getty Images 
UAE cricket fans will see neither Josh Hazlewood, pictured, or Pat Cummins on Australia's tour of the UAE to face Pakistan in October. Getty Images 

Fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been ruled out of Australia's Test series against Pakistan in the UAE after failing to recover from injuries, further depleting an already inexperienced side.

Australia head to the UAE for a test series slated for October without two of their most experienced campaigners, with former captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner suspended after a ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March.

With Cummins and Hazlewood still recovering from their lumbar bone stress injuries, much sting has been taken out of the attack of the Tim Paine-led squad.

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"Pat and Josh 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," team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a statement.

"Barring any setbacks, we are hopeful that Pat and Josh will return via the back-end of the (domestic) JLT One-Day Cup, with the aim of them being available for the ODI Series against South Africa in November as they build towards the Indian test series."

Australia play South Africa in the first one-dayer of the three-match series in Perth on Nov. 4 before hosting India for three Twenty20, four tests and three one-day internationals.

Australia's pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, however, remains on track to be fit to face Pakistan, however.

"On a positive note Mitchell Starc is back to unrestricted training and remains on track for the Test Series against Pakistan," Beakley said.