Nathan Coulter-Nile, Australia bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Coulter-Nile’s variety makes him go-to pacer at mega event

Coulter-Nile made his debut in 2013 as a multi-skilled bowler that could clear pickets with the willow. Solidly built, Coulter-Nile's career has been plagued by injuries and in six years, he has only managed to represent Australia in 27 matches.

Gaurav Joshi, Apr 27, 2019 16:30:48 IST

Nathan Coulter-Nile's selection in the 15-man squad is arguably the most difficult to explain. The bustling fast bowler from Western Australia has constantly been in and out of the Australian setup in the past few years but still managed a spot ahead of Billy Stanlake and Josh Hazlewood.

Coulter-Nile made his debut in 2013 as a multi-skilled bowler that could clear pickets with the willow. Solidly built, Coulter-Nile's career has been plagued by injuries and in six years, he has only managed to represent Australia in 27 matches.

MS Dhoni and Nathan Coulter-Nile were among the players who helped shaped the course of the first ODI. AP

File image of Nathan Coulter-Nile (right). AP

There is no doubt about his potential, he can swing the new ball, he hits the deck hard, has a series of well disguised slower balls and a terrific yorker. However, his skill set is not justified by his numbers. He has never been the man-of-the-match for Australia. He is yet to play a cameo with the bat that has resulted in victory nor has he played on a consistent basis without breaking down.

But for one reason or another, Coulter-Nile is always in the mix whenever an ICC tournament is on the horizon. He had a good tour against Pakistan, picking up seven wickets in three matches.

Coulter is a multi-skilled cricketer and he is an asset to the bowling stocks due to his ability to bowl at any stage of the match. Australia is yet to pencil in a second specialist death bowler to partner Starc and Coulter-Nile with his smartness could well be a perfect candidate.

The conditions are expected to vary for each match and perhaps it is Coulter-Nile’s variety that has enabled him to be picked ahead of more fancied team-mates. Whether it is the right choice only time will tell?

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 14:00:05 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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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 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
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