Australia fast bowler Michael Neser has been all but ruled out of next month’s tour of Pakistan after his domestic team Queensland said on Wednesday that the 31-year-old had suffered a side strain, with no date set for his return.
Queensland said Neser picked up the injury in their Marsh One-Day Cup loss to New South Wales on Monday and underwent scans late on Tuesday.
“It’s bad luck for Michael and we’re hoping he makes a speedy recovery,” Queensland coach Wade Seccombe said.
Neser, who earned his first test cap during the Ashes, was included in Australia’s squad for the three-test series against Pakistan which is due to start on March 4 in Rawalpindi.
Fellow quick and Queensland team mate Mark Steketee is a likely replacement if Neser is ruled out of the Australian test squad.
Australia and Pakistan are also scheduled to play three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match. Australia’s squad for those encounters will be announced separately.