Duo to miss Pakistan series

09 August 2018 04:14:39 EST

Australia will have only one of last year's Ashes pace trio available for the two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.

While Mitchell Starc is expected to be available for the tour, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, his two partners in crime during the 4-0 win over England in 2017/18, remain sidelined.

Cummins finished as the leading wicket-taker for the Australians against Joe Root's team with 23, Hazlewood was joint-third in the list with 21, while Starc managed 22 despite missing one Test because of an injury niggle.

Cricket Australia has confirmed that Cummins and Hazlewood will not be available to tour as they continue to recover from their injuries that followed the authoritative Ashes result.

"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," said Australia’s team physio David Beakley.

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

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

Australia are currently third in the ICC Test rankings, 19 points behind leaders India, who are 11/2 to win the second Test against England at Lord's. Meanwhile, Australia are 5/1 to win the 2019 World Cup outright.

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