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The Ashes 2017-18: New Injury Rules Out Coulter-Nile

The Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile has been ruled out of the upcoming Ashes series after the previous stress fracture got exacerbated. However, he can return to cricket at the back end of the summer.

The Western Australia quick played his first JLT Sheffield Shield match after two years in the opening round of this year’s competition bowling 15 overs against Tasmania. He was rested for the second match. However, he bowled 16 overs in the tour match against the England side as WA captain. He reported some pain the day after the match got over and now a hot spot has been spotted in his lower spine in the scan reports.

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“Nathan experienced some pain in his back following the two-day tour match against England last week. Subsequent scans have revealed an early stage aggravation of his old stress fracture. Whilst this is a setback, the good news is that it has been picked up early so we are only considering a short break from bowling while we monitor him. We expect he will have further scans over the next month which will determine when he can return to bowling,” Alex Kountouris, the Cricket Australia Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager said.

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Given the possibility that additional fast-bowlers will be needed during the five-match Ashes series, Coulter-Nile was one of the top contenders to fill the spot of the Australia if any of the regular pacers sustained any injury. However, this fresh injury will be the WA speedster as he had been ruled out of the tour now.

“However, Coulter-Nile thought of walking away from Australian cricket to become a specialist T20 player before getting selected for the India tour, where he was the leading wicket-taker picking up 12 wickets featuring in all the matches. I lost my Australian contract and Greg Chappell came on as a selector (in a new role) and we all know he’s got a big youth focus. I was having a good IPL at the time so I thought I could probably just do this. I thought it might be time just to focus on forging a career in T20s. On reflection and thinking about it and speaking to JL (Justin Langer) and blokes like that, I just thought I really want to play Test cricket,” Coulter-Nile revealed to Seven West Media.

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Coulter-Nile has not featured in back-to-back first-class games since 2015, and there was a lot of concerns about selection on the side which took on the touring England side.

“We are mindful of this and want to ensure his return to this level of cricket is managed appropriately to give him the best chance this season. He is coping pretty well in his return from injury but he is still building up to the levels required for consecutive first-class matches,” Western Australia coach Justin Langer was heard saying about the fast-bowler.

Nathan Coulter-Nile has featured in 21 ODI’s and 19T20I’s for the baggy green picking up 37 and 23 wickets respectively.

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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.

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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.

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He said:

“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.”

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Nathan Coulter-Nile had dismissed Virat Kohli three times in four games so far in the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia. Image Courtesy: AP

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.”

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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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Rejuvenated Nathan Coulter-Nile Targets Ashes Spot

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Nathan Coulter-Nile has earned his place back in the ODI side after struggling hard with injuries. The last 12 months have been tough for him. He was out of action for the entire last Australian summer due to a severe back problem. Before that, he had to deal with injuries involving shoulder and hamstring.

The 29-year-old need a more than fitness and form to enter the side as the presence of star players like Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood cut out his chances. But, luck favoured his case this time, and a call-up arrived at a time when he was desperately waiting for a chance.

Eyeing a Test Cap 

The fast bowler has made this opportunity count in a great way. So far, he happens to be the best bowler in the side with nine wickets in four games at an average of 23. But, the fact which has got him the spotlight is his head to head dominance over star batsman Virat Kohli whom he had dismissed three times in four matches.

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Nathan Coulter-Nile had dismissed Virat Kohli three times in four games so far in the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia. Image Courtesy: AP

Coulter-Nile now has crucial factors likes fitness format and effectiveness in his favour and can surely look forward to winning his maiden call-up to the Test side when the selectors sit down to pick the Ashes squad.

While he remains as the least possible choice as of now due to the presence of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson, the injury issues surrounding these four-star pacemen can open up a door of opportunity for Test selection.

Teammate Kane Richardson has revealed Coulter-Nile has pushed for a Test selection with these performances.

“He’s been amazing. He’s been amazing getting Kohli out three out of the four games. He’s pushing his case for higher honours in Test cricket this year, I think. If there’s any injuries or you’re resting and rotating, he’s probably the next one in,” Richardson said after Australia’s breakthrough 21-run win in Bengaluru on Thursday.

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Video: Nathan Coulter-Nile Continues To Trouble India, Draws Frist Blood For Australia

Nathan Coulter–Nile, the man under spotlight in the Chennai ODI, yet against looked at his best in the 2nd ODI at the Eden Gardens, Chennai

It was due to his antics that India saw itself stranded at 57/5 and starting at a potential defeat before things went in exactly the opposite direction Australia expected

Coming into the fresh game on the grassy wicket at Kolkata, a confident looking Coulter-Nile started with two slips straightaway and made an immediate impact with the wicket of Rohit Sharma in the third over of his spell.

Outstanding effort

The right arm fast bowler had a good start to his bowling spell, The assistance from the wicket was visible for him. Both the Indian openers tried playing it safe against Coulter-Nile and Cummins, but Rohit Sharma was unlucky.

In the 6th over, the right-handed batsman hit one away swinging delivery right back at the bowler who grabbed the ball with sound judgement despite fumbling once to give Australia their first breakthrough.

For some time, it seemed that the bowler could not get hold of the ball as It popped up at first. But, Coulter– Nile’s reaction was to the point and grabbed it on the rebound.

Rohit Sharma, no doubt is a big wicket and can blame himself for the downfall due to his lazy approach to the driving attempt. He did not look fully committed and ended up playing the shot half-heartedly. This faulty decision-making resulted in another failure for him and left the stadium silent.

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IND vs AUS 2017, 1st ODI: Australia Players Ratings

Steve Smith & Co. will curse themselves for missing the opportunity of starting the ODI series with a thumping win over the hosts. They had the proceeding in their grip inside the first six overs but later fizzled out completely to help India go 1-0 up in the series.

The bowling attack led by Nathan Coulter-Nile looked top notch at the onset before Hardik Pandya, and MS Dhoni set the stage for Australia’s defeat. Rain did try to balance things out again in favour of the visitors, as the target had to get revised and the Australian innings got reduced to 21 overs following a loss of play time.

However, the young Indian spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav did not allow a scope of any contest and dismantled the Australians to win it for India. The performance from Australia was, no doubt, underwhelming. They have a lot of planning and assessments to do now after the opening ODI.

With that being said, let’s have a look at the individual report cards of the players and learn how they fared on Sunday.

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India Vs Australia: MS Dhoni, Hardik Panyda Power Hitting Lift Men in Blue after early Jolts

The hosts India set a target of 282 on Sunday for Australia, in the first match of the five match series at M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai while riding on the late blitz from calm and composed character Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Dhoni scored 79 off 88 deliveries, as his innings included four boundaries and two maximums which came at the fag end of the innings.

The Ranchi-born batsman Dhoni was eventually dismissed in the final over, after being caught by David Warner, on the bowling of James Faulkner.

India posted 281 for 7 on board, which further saw Bhuvneshwar Kumar posting a handy knock of 32 from 30 deliveries, as his unbeaten innings included five boundaries.

For Australia, the pick of the bowlers was fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who bagged three wickets after conceding 44 runs in his quota of 10 overs. At the other end, Marcus Stoinis claimed wickets.

Moreover, James Faulker and slow-bowler Adam Zampa picked wicket apiece.

In his 302th ODI, Dhoni brought-up his 66th fifty, however it was on the slower side, before he shifted the gear — to score runs at pace in the dying overs of the first innings.

The fifties from supremely talented Hardik Pandya and Dhoni has brought India right back into the game after early hiccups which saw the visitors enjoying the opening stage of the game.

The all-rounder Pandya  and  Dhoni have had shown significant promise to build on the major partnership after India was reeling at 87 for five in 21.3 overs.

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Dhoni walked into bat when the hosts were 64 for 4. Photo Credit: AP.

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Pandya-Dhoni forged a partnership of 118 runs for the sixth wicket to shift the momentum in host’s favour after top-order had a flop-show in the day-and-night fixture.

In 37th over of the Indian innings, the right-handed batsman Pandya, clean as a whistle, smashed three consecutive sixes on the bowling of leg-spinner Adam Zampa.

In his 66-ball 83-run knock, Pandya smoked five sixes and five boundaries respectively while registering his fourth half-century in 22nd ODI.

The promising prospect Pandya was aiming to go downtown, was eventually dismissed by Zampa after top-edge found James Faulkner stationed at the short third man.

In the afternoon, while making early inroads, Australian bowlers particularly Nathan Coulter-Nile, who bend his back and set-up the hosts top-order batsmen to fall in his trap while allowing the white-ball do the talking on a seemingly alive surface.

The hostile opening burst saw the hosts were 11 for three in 5.3 overs.

The 32-year-old Kedar Jadhav, who spent quality time at the crease to score 54-ball 40 was caught on the bowling of Marcus Stoinis by Hilton Catrwright at the midwicket after the ball ballooned up in the air while talking the upper-part of the willow.

Following the early stutter, the makeshift opener Rohit Sharma also chipped in to build-up the partnership alongside Kedar Jadhav, as he eventually fell to a short-ball ploy of Marcus Stoinis.

Rohit-Jadhav posted 53 runs for the third wicket, before opening batsman opted for a hook which further took the top-edge of the bat, as the ball went straight down to the throat of Coulter-Nile, who completed a simple catch at deep square leg region.

The right-handed batter scored 28 off 44 balls, as his innings included three boundaries.

In the same over, after thick outside of the bat, Manish Pandey was caught by gloveman Matthew Wade, as the former straightaway referred the decision to third umpire. However, the TV replays suggested it was a clean catch.

Pandey faced two balls and was eventually dismissed on naught after returning without scoring.

On the very first ball of sixth over, Men in Blue skipper Virat Kohli, who has been in rollicking form, trudged off the ground after Maxwell claimed a breathtaking one-handed stunner at backward point while jumping to the perfection.

The right-handed batsman was dismissed on duck after facing four deliveries; as he went on to slice the ball to find acrobatic Maxwell.

The first man to go was Ajinkya Rahane, who came to bat with Rohit Sharma after Shikhar Dhawan forced himself out for the first three One-day internationals, in order to attend his unwell wife Ayesha Mukherjee, who is scheduled to undergo   surgery this week.

In fourth over, the right-handed batsman Rahane opted for a drive on a wider delivery which took the healthy edge of the bat – to settle in the gloves of Matthew Wade.

Rahane returned to the pavilion after scoring five off 15 deliveries.

Earlier, in the afternoon Virat Kohli decided to bat first after winning the toss while revealing it’s a good wicket to bat on adding the wicket might get slower to bat on, in the second-half of the game.


IND vs AUS 2017, 1st ODI: Watch – Nathan Coulter-Nile Sends Manish Pandey on a Duck

Australia has made a dream start to their series against India after the hosts decided to bat first, winning the toss.

However, both Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter Nile have bowled a great spell of seam bowling on a batting friendly pitch at Chepauk stadium, Chennai after a top-order collapse with India reduced to 11/2.

The onus was on Manish Pandey to stabilise the Indian innings, but the Karnataka player had only faced a couple of deliveries before going back to the dressing room, having to become the third victim for Coulter-Nile on the day.

Coming to the wicket, the Aussie bowler bowled a full and wide from the off stump, and Pandey looked to guide the ball down the third man. However, he only managed to get an outside edge which was an easy catch for Matthew Wade behind the stumps.

The dismissal meant India getting reduced to 11/3 inside six overs and the onus is on Rohit Sharma and Kedhar Jadhav to recover the innings from the situation. The No.4 position remains a concern for the Indian team after dropping Yuvraj Singh from the team.

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Nathan Coulter-Nile Hopeful of Earning the Baggy Green

Nathan Coulter-Nile was a regular in the Australian squad till 2014 before a series of injuries put a halt to the fast bowler’s career.

All of this started in the IPL 2014 when he made an effort on the field and tore his hamstring while playing for Delhi Daredevils. Since then he has been in and out of the Australian limited-over squad, and for the last one year was almost forgotten by the public and the Australian selection committee.

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Coulter-Nile recently revealed he had almost given up on his dream to play Test cricket and wanted to shift his focus primarily to T20 cricket. The 29-year-old came back into action at this year’s IPL where he played for the Kolkata Knight Riders and took 15 wickets in eight matches which got him back in the reckoning for the selection.

His performance in the IPL earned him praise from the former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting. He said,

“He’s a highly-talented player, and he’s probably someone who’s been a little bit forgotten in Australian cricket because he’s been injured so much. Anyone who can bowl above 140kph and swing the ball in India is going to make an impact.”It’s not what the Indian top-order players are used to seeing and even for overseas top-order players, you’ve still got to be good enough to score runs and not get out against high-quality fast-bowling like Coulter-Nile’s.”

Coulter-Nile’s dream to play Test cricket would have had come true, if injuries wouldn’t have struck him and put a pause on his career. Most recently being the time when he was picked for the West Indies series down under and was all set to make his debut when a cruel shoulder injury while playing in the BBL ruled him out of the series.

But this time he is quite optimistic that about his fitness and went onto say,

“I don’t think there’s any reason I can’t play (Test cricket),” he said. “It’s just whether or not the opportunity is there.”


IPL 2017: Duckworth-Lewis Method Favours Team Batting Second, Says Stephen Fleming

Stephen Fleming, the Head Coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 finalists Rising Pune Supergiant, on Friday has voiced his opinion by saying the IPL Governing Council must revamp the policies regarding the target being revised under Duckworth-Lewis method in Twenty20 competition particularly in rain-truncated matches as it favours team batting second in IPL 2017.

Fleming feels by reducing the wickets following overs in a rain-curtailed match is enough to make the contest even for both the teams.

“With low-scoring games on difficult pitches, whenever the overs are reduced, the team batting second will always have an edge because they stand a far lower chance of being bowled out, so they can stay a lot more relaxed,” Fleming told ToI.

The former New Zealand skipper, who has also been working as a coach for defunct Chennai Super Kings believes revising would be the best option for One-day International format as it proves to be very handy for the team batting second in the Twenty20 format.

“The D/L method is satisfactory for 100 overs, but in a 40-over game, it simply favours the team batting second too much,” Fleming said.

The 44-year-old Christchurch-born left-handed veteran batsman made the statement after rain-hit Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders started around 1:00 am on the following day which further saw Gautam Gambhir-led Men in Purple chasing down the revised target of 48.

Moreover, while leading from the front Gambhir scored 25-ball 32 as his innings was laced with two sixes and boundaries respectively.

“The whole scenario just isn’t ideal and definitely needs a bit of tweaking. One of the ideas floating around is to introduce ‘wicket pressure’, so if you have a small chase, then you also have fewer wickets to play with. In effect, that means you only have five wickets, for example, for a six-over chase,” Fleming remarked.

While expressing the doubts over the rain-marred fixtures, the different IPL franchise coaches, players followed by owners including Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir and team coach Jacques Kallis.

“It was truly crazy to see the winning runs hit at 1.30 in the morning.” Kallis said.

The administrators have also spoken about the late night games while putting their suggestions on the table which included a request for ‘reserve day’ while considering the fact of different aspects of the scenarios.

“I felt sorry for Sunrisers. I hope someone takes note of rain-affected matches and comes up with a plan B,” Gambhir was quoted by The Indian Express.

However, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla in his recent interview to Times of India has stated the board is looking forward look into the options regarding reserve days.

“The late-night finishes are a concern. Shah Rukh Khan, has tweeted about the option of a reserve day. We will weigh all options and the IPL governing council will look into it,” Shukla stated while referring to the possibility of reserve days in the 11th edition of IPL.

After Kolkata Knight Rider bowlers restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad at the total of 128, the chase started only after three hours when groundstaff at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru made a remarkable effort to make field good enough to start the run chase.

“In a situation like Wednesday [May 17] night, even though there has been a small increase in runs required and there’s pressure on the team batting second owing to a reduction in the number of overs, they still have all wickets in hand which means they can play without risk,” concluded.

Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has been part of Knight Riders, also gave his opinion while saying one ‘can’t play a game at 2 am’.

Interestingly, in 2014, the IPL regulations had different on an offer when the first Qualifier was postponed at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab.

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IPL 2017: Nathan Coulter-Nile Hints For A Change In Rule Book After 02:00 AM Game In Bengaluru

Australian recruit for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders Nathan Coulter-Nile has suggested IPL Governing Council should have a look at the rules of IPL after he claimed their crucial wickets in a rain-truncated IPL 2017 Eliminator against David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“I think there is so much time, rules probably need to be looked at, I mean its 2 am, and you can’t be playing cricket at 2 o’ clock. But I wasn’t nervous at all. There was so much time, we had to get on,” Nathan Coulter-Nile was quoted as saying by PTI.

Following the endless wait, it was Gautam Gambhir, who led his side to a seven-wicket win after the target was reduced to 48 in six overs owing to the Duckworth-Lewis Method.

“Well, no one really got nervous until when they went out there for the last look at about 12:40 am. It sorted of looked like I didn’t wanna (want to) play,” Coulter-Nile said.

It further could be termed as a fateful win for Kolkata Knight Riders after rain halts the game for around three hours when Sunrisers Hyderabad completed their innings at 128 for nine in 20 overs.

While praising Umesh Yadav and Trent Boult for sharing the ideas which not only helped him in his bowling during the Eliminator game, but he feels he would become better bowler match after match.

“I think I bowled the seventh or eighth over and they said ‘Look, cross-seamers into the wicket, throw them hard’ and you really rely on your teammates to give you some pointers on what to do,” Coulter-Nile revealed.

In his four over, the Western Australia-born right-arm Coulter-Nile bowled with composed line and length and further contained aggressive batsmen of Sunrisers Hyderabad, who struggled with the bat.

Coulter-Nile claimed the wickets of Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar and Chris Jordan while conceding just three runs in his fourth over to pick two wickets in the penultimate over of the first innings, adding Piyush Chawla, who dismissed David Warner, was the turning point, according to the 29-year-old bowler.

“Piyush removed Warner that I thought was the turning point. He is that kind of a bloke who can turn a 130 into a 150 or 160. That started with the first over,” Coulter-Nile added.

Coulter-Nile, who has bagged 14 wickets in this season at an average of 15.21 for Knight Riders in his seven outing revealed while considering the fact that on a Bangalore’s slow surface chasing 129 would have been a tough task to do.

“When it was raining, we were quietly confident because 12.50 am was the cut off time. It kept raining and raining. The covers kept coming on and off. So, we were getting twitchy,” Coulter-Nile asserted.

While talking at the post-match conference on Thursday morning, Coulter-Nile revealed the painful moments after recovering from a head injury when he was hit on the helmet against Rising Pune Supergiant.

“It is feeling little better as it was a couple of days ago. I never thought it would affect me as much as it did. I went to bed at 10 pm and woke up at 7 pm the next day and I had headaches. I am glad it is over now,” Coulter-Nile concluded.

In 25 IPL matches so far, Nathan Coulter-Nile has claimed 35 wickets at an average of 20.11 while having an overall economy rate of 7.75.