Nathan Coulter-Nile’s career got a new lease of life recently, as he was named in Australia’s squad for the test series against West Indies. The tall right arm pacer’s selection attracted controversy, as few individuals felt that he was not match-fit to be in the squad. Putting all his critics to rest, Coulter- Nile admitted that he was eager to excel against the West Indies and would do well.
Coulter-Nile said that he was delighted on getting an opportunity to play tests. “Every Test is an opportunity. I mean, you take five-for in a Test it becomes very hard to drop you,” Coulter-Nile said. “That’s why none of the boys want to give up their spot. You don’t see Sidds going, ‘Oh I’ve got a sore back I’m going to have a rest,’ because you don’t want to give the opportunity to the next bloke. I’m the same. If I get an opportunity I don’t want to just feel like a gap-filler, I want to press my case to play the next Test and the one after that.”
The pacer spoke about the setback he received when he was omitted from Australia’s World Cup squad. “Not to be even in contention for selection was a tough one, it was a bit of an eye opener,” he said. “It was the time the penny dropped, I needed to sort my body out, sort myself out and I did and then I got injured again. It’s part of the game. If you want to bowl fast and put your body through that you are going to get injured it is just something you have to deal with and get on with I guess.”
“I’ve been bowling a long time, it’s not like I’ve had to build back up or anything, I didn’t start up on half run and build back up, I was straight off the long run and bowling flat out, so it wasn’t really an issue there,” said Coulter – Nile of his bowling.