In his darker moments, Pat Cummins might think he might one day have similar status to Phar Lap and Les Darcy — all champions cut down in their prime.
Cummins doesn't approach their legend, never will, but the principle is the same.
The fast bowler who aspires to take hat-tricks just can't take a trick.
The now 20-year-old Penrith speedster made one of the most notable and romantic debuts in Test cricket history when he was man-of-the match, taking seven wickets in Australia's win over South Africa in Johannesburg in November 2011.
Since then it's been a series of back-and-foot in injuries.
Cummins is set to miss a third consecutive home summer with a recurrence of his lower back stress injury.
Cummins had made his long-awaited return to first-class cricket on the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa over the past month.
But after taking five wickets in two first-class games he was sent home early with back trouble that has proven serious.
"Scans have shown a partial recurrence of his lower backbone stress injury suffered in October last year when he returned home from Champions League," Cricket Australia chief medical officer Justin Paoloni said.
Cummins' injuries have been so persistent that he had been unable to add to his first-class tally of four matches until the recent A series.