Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka is turning into a nightmare. Few hours after their skipper Steve Smith was withdrawn from the ongoing One-Day International series, the visitors have suffered another setback as their pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile is all set to head home after suffering a back injury.
The hosts defeated the Aussies by 82 runs in the second ODI to level the series 1-1. After the match ended, Smith revealed he was heading home to rest and recuperate.
Meanwhile, regarding the pacer’s injury David Beakley, Australian physiotherapist, said Coulter-Nile would be examined in Perth.
“Nathan had been experiencing a gradual increase in lower back pain which is now preventing him from bowling at match intensity,” he said. “He will now return to Perth for further investigation which will determine the extent of the injury and possible return to play timelines.”
Coulter-Nile, who has played 16 ODIs and 17 T20Is, has had numerous injury problems throughout his career. He had a horrific injury run last year after suffering a calf strain on Australia’s limited-overs tour of England in September and a shoulder injury in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup a month later.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn, and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill have been recalled for the T20I series. Maxwell was earlier dropped for the ODI series after performing poorly for a long time.
“Both Chris and Glenn are dynamic players who are both capable of winning a game from their own bat and they also bring that x-factor in the field,” National Selector Rod Marsh said. “Peter is the incumbent wicket-keeper in the T20 side and had a very good World T20 for Australia, the panel wanted to keep that consistency heading into these two matches.
In absence of Smith, David Warner has been selected to lead the side for the remainder of the series.