Ashes 2017: Josh Hazlewood urges Nathan Coulter-Nile to 'scar' England's batting in opening tour game

Hazlewood, who is expected to lead the Australian new-ball attack with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in the Ashes, told Coulter-Nile to go after the tourists' batsmen.

AFP, Nov,03 2017

Sydney: Josh Hazlewood has urged fellow quick Nathan Coulter-Nile to "crack open" England's batsmen when he bowls against the visitors in their opening tour match in Perth this weekend.

Former Test tearaway Mitchell Johnson may have knocked back the chance to reacquaint himself with England's top order, but paceman Coulter-Nile will lead the WA XI bowling attack against Joe Root's team.

File image of Australia's Josh Hazlewood. AP

File image of Australia's Josh Hazlewood. AP

Coulter-Nile was sidelined from Western Australia's Sheffield Shield game against NSW in Sydney, and will instead get a chance against the English tourists in the two-dayer.

Johnson had been asked if he wanted to open the bowling for the WA XI as part of his Big Bash League preparation, but declined, according to a newspaper report.

Hazlewood, who is expected to lead the Australian new-ball attack with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in the Ashes series opener in Brisbane later this month, told Coulter-Nile to go after the tourists' batsmen.

"Maybe he can crack open a few guys early and create a few scars in their top order and middle order," Hazlewood told reporters on late Thursday.

"It's disappointing he's not playing in the Shield game against us but he's obviously had injuries in the past few years so they're easing him back into it."

The injury-jinxed Coulter-Nile bowled 15 overs in the opening Shield round last week in his first first-class game in more than two years.

Coulter-Nile took three for 18 from six explosive overs for WA as Tasmania were skittled for 63 in last week's Shield match in Perth.

"That top order, it will be their first real hit-out in Australia and to have a guy like Coults there to warm them up and to maybe create a few scars, would be nice," Hazlewood said.

"Obviously their plan is to jump straight into it on the bounciest and quickest wicket and get used to conditions that way."

Hazlewood said an Australian Test pace attack comprising Starc and Cummins would be a handful for England in the first Test in Brisbane, where the wicket traditionally rewards fast bowlers with bounce and movement off the pitch.

"They're not going to fear me or (off-spinner) Nathan (Lyon) but the other two guys obviously put fear into the batsmen," Hazlewood said.

"That's part of their game, bowling fast and bowling short on occasions."

Published Date: Nov 03, 2017 | Updated Date: Nov 03, 2017




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