India vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Nathan Coulter-Nile not certain of place for India game despite match-turning innings against West Indies

"We've got two world-class (fast) bowlers (on the sidelines). I'm not in the team to make runs, hopefully, the top order does that, so I wouldn't be surprised if I got dropped for the next game," he was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.

Press Trust of India, Jun 08, 2019 13:55:34 IST

London: Australia's fast bowling all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile says he is not sure of his place for the big-ticket World Cup encounter against India despite a match-winning 92 against West Indies.

His 92 off just 60 balls proved vital in Australia's 15-run victory, but the 31-year-old believes his expensive outing with the ball in Bristol may not help his cause.

India vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Nathan Coulter-Nile not certain of place for India game despite match-turning innings against West Indies

Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile slammed 92 to make record for the highest score by any number eight batsman or lower in a World Cup. AP

Asked if he felt his spot was secure, Coulter-Nile said, "No. I took none for 70.

"We've got two world-class (fast) bowlers (on the sidelines). I'm not in the team to make runs, hopefully, the top order does that, so I wouldn't be surprised if I got dropped for the next game," he was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.

"I'm in the team to take wickets and I've had two wicketless games, so we'll see how we go."

Coulter-Nile's 92 at Trent Bridge was the highest score by a No 8 in a World Cup, 58 runs more than his previous best ODI score.

Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are Australia's lead pacers, while coach Justin Langer has indicated that Nathan Lyon has been considered as a second spinner alongside Adam Zampa.

Back-up pacers Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson could also come into contention for the India game at The Oval.

Coulter-Nile insists he is not bothered by the competition for spots.

"I actually like it," he said.

"I think it's good to have competition and it wouldn't be good if we had no one pushing you trying to get better, so I love it."

Coulter-Nile combined with Steve Smith (73) for a counter-attacking stand of 102 off just 89 balls power Australia to 288 against the Windies.

"To have a guy play the innings of his life was something I'm sure you guys enjoyed watching," said vice-captain Alex Carey, who earlier scored 45 off 55 deliveries.

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Updated Date: Jun 08, 2019 13:55:34 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254