Nathan Coulter-Nile Says Bye-Bye To Red-Ball Cricket; Focusing To Extent Limited-Overs Career
The 31-year-old Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile has decided to give up his red-ball dream to extend his limited-overs career.
After making his first-class debut in 2010 for Western Australia, Nathan Coulter-Nile played 37 first-class games. The right-arm pacer bagged 124 wickets in this longer format where he claimed two five-wicket hauls. He played his last first-class match in October 2017.
I feel like it’s left me – Nathan Coulter-Nile about his red-ball career
However, Coulter-Nile has battled for a long time with his fitness issues. He is now feeling that his body is not supporting the longer format.
The Aussie pacer told Western Australia, “I feel like it’s left me. It’s honestly just a bit hard for me. The body just doesn’t like it, doesn’t like backing up day after day. If I could see a way around it where I could improve my batting to the standard where I could sort of bat at No. 7 and bowl 10 overs a day then I’d think about it but that’s a long way off at the moment.”
Nathan Coulter-Nile will now play for Melbourne Stars in the next BBL season
Since the inaugural edition of Big Bash League (BBL 2011/12), Nathan Coulter-Nile was serving for Perth Scorchers. However, he has now recently signed for Melbourne Stars where his friends Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb are also serving. While Coulter-Nile has admitted that leaving Scorchers was his hardest decision, he is happy with Stars’ offer.
Coulter-Nile has represented Australia national cricket team only in the limited-overs format. Since his international debut in February 2013, the right-arm pacer has played 32 ODIs and 28 T20Is where he has taken 52 and 34 wickets respectively.
The right-arm pacer has enjoyed his recent World Cup journey
Nathan Coulter-Nile recently played in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, which was also his maiden Cricket World Cup experience. In that tournament, he played five matches where he scored 98 runs (average 32.66) and also took four wickets.
During the round-robin stage game against Windies, Coulter-Nile took the limelight with his bat. Coming to bat at no.8 position, he provided a crucial batting performance that ultimately led his side to the victory. While Australia were struggling hugely in that game, Coulter-Nile scored the match-winning 92 runs off just 60 balls with eight fours and four sixes. That knock helped Australia to manage the first innings total of 288 runs and later they won by 15 runs.
Coulter-Nile also claimed that he enjoyed the World Cup journey, which was really fun for him. According to him, it was surely the pinnacle of his career.
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