Ashes 2017/18: Nathan Coulter-Nile Not Expecting a Call For the First Ashes Test
The Ashes is almost here, and the Australian selectors are keeping a close eye on the ongoing Sheffield Shield. Australia has the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins who have the capability of touching 150 Km/hr on a consistent basis. Both the bowlers have already made their plans clear of unleashing a barrage of bouncers on the England batsmen.
The Ashes is set to begin from 23rd November at Gabba in Brisbane, and the Australian pace battery of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins and Jackson Bird are almost sure of getting selected for first Magellan Ashes Test in Brisbane. However, another pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile impressed in the first match of the Sheffield Shield with both bat and ball. But Coulter-Nile believes there is no way he will play in the first Ashes Test unless something very drastic happens to the main four bowlers.
“Absolutely not, unless something drastic happens to the three big quicks, “Also Birdy (Jackson Bird). We saw Birdy bowl out here (during the Shield opener) and he was unbelievable. I hadn’t seen him bowl in a while, he was difficult to face all game.”Those four have probably got the first crack at it. But five Tests in a row is hard work, so hopefully I can be there or there abouts when the time comes.”
Coulter-Nile was all praises for the pace “Trio” of Starc, Hazelwood and Cummins saying:
“If these guys can play a good body of cricket together I think they will go down as one of the best of all time.”
Coulter-Nile has had a long history with injuries throughout his career. Coulter-Nile led the Australian bowling attack in the five-match ODI series against India in India and was ecstatic about being able to play the five matches and not getting injured:
“I don’t think I’ve got through five one-dayers in a row on an Australian tour like that since – well, ever, My body’s in a great place, so it should be after two years of rehab. I haven’t played a Shield game in two and a half years, so my goal was to get through the first one, see how I pulled up, cause they’re quite close together the first couple, then if I have to rest one of them I will and then be ready to go again for the third one.”
Coulter-Nile has also worked on his batting during his time away from competitive cricket and has scored well for his domestic side ever since his return:
“Obviously it was a long time out and not bowling, and I had to do something, I was still getting paid to play cricket so I had to try and work on something, so I’ve been working on my batting a fair bit, and it was nice to get some reward for it. I don’t think I’m getting picked as an allrounder, but definitely if you can bat a little bit it helps. We saw Bird miss selection last year because he apparently wasn’t a good enough batter so if they can’t hold that over you that’s a good thing.”
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