Sydney: Fast bowler Patrick Cummins has been ruled out of the upcoming Qantas Tour of Bangladesh due to a stress fracture in his back.
Cricket Australia says the 22-year-old faces a lengthy rehabilitation process and it is unclear when he will be able to return to the bowling crease.
Cummins has been plagued by serious injuries throughout his young career, including a back stress fracture that forced him out of the entire 2012-13 summer.
He returned to first-class cricket with Australia A in July 2013, but suffered a recurrence of the injury and missed the first half of the 2013-14 domestic season.
Cummins has been replaced in Australia's squad for the Bangladesh series by allrounder James Faulkner.
The NSW quick played his one and only Test almost four years ago and appeared to be poised to return to the Test arena in the coming months.
He was part of Australia's squad during the Ashes campaign and was one of four frontline quicks named for the tour of Bangladesh.
Faulkner returns to the national set-up having missed the ODI series in England after he was charged with drink-driving in Manchester in July.
The 25-year-old is a regular in Australia's limited overs sides, while his sole Test to date came in the fifth Test of the 2013 Ashes series.