Pat Cummins to miss Afghan match

Australia’s Pat Cummins is set to miss Wednesday’s World Cup clash against Afghanistan after the fast bowler’s latest injury setback, Cricket Australia said on Monday. Officials said Cummins had suffered a “slight side strain” and was now doubtful for Wednesday’s match against tournament debutants Afghanistan in Perth. Cummins scored seven not out and took 2/38 from 6.1 overs on his tournament debut during Australia’s dramatic one-wicket Pool A loss to fellow co-hosts New Zealand at Auckland’s Eden Park on Saturday. The 21-year-old fast bowler gave an Australia squad already facing injury problems a fresh scare when he went over on his right ankle with just his fourth ball after slipping in his delivery stride. Cummins fell over in similar fashion bowling for the Sydney Thunder against the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League Twenty20 match at the Waca on New Year’s Day. On Saturday, he got up quickly and continued bowling before Zealand’s Kane Williamson drove him back over his head for the winning six. Source: The Asian AgeImage: