Nathan Coulter-Nile, Australian paceman, will head home from Sri Lanka after suffering a back injury.
Originally seen as a surprise inclusion in Australia’s squad for Sri Lanka, the 28-year- old has not played an international match on tour and joins captain Steve Smith in withdrawing from the five-match One-day international series. Smith revealed he was heading home to rest and recuperate after Australia lost the second ODI by 82 runs on Wednesday (August 24).
Coulter-Nile, who has played 16 ODIs and 17 T20Is, has had numerous injury problems throughout his career. David Beakley, Australian physiotherapist, said Coulter-Nile would be examined in Perth.
“Nathan had been experiencing a gradual increase in lower back pain which is now preventing him from bowling at match intensity,” he said. “He will now return to Perth for further investigation which will determine the extent of the injury and possible return to play timelines.”
Coulter-Nile, a bustling quick, had a horror injury run last year, having suffered a calf strain on Australia’s limited-overs tour of England in September and a shoulder injury in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup a month later.
He missed the bulk of the Australian summer after dislocating his shoulder during a Big Bash League match in December. Coulter-Nile was a surprise inclusion in Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup team earlier this year but claimed just one wicket in four matches during the team’s failed campaign.
The Australian selectors have opted not to replace Coulter-Nile for the remaining three ODIs, with quicks Scott Boland and John Hastings already with the touring party as early arrivals for the two T20Is next month.
The selectors have also recalled all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill for the two T20s. Maxwell was earlier dropped for the ODI series after a string of low scores.
“Both Chris and Glenn are dynamic players who are both capable of winning a game from their own bat and they also bring that x-factor in the field,” National Selector Rod Marsh said. “Peter is the incumbent wicket-keeper in the T20 side and had a very good World T20 for Australia, the panel wanted to keep that consistency heading into these two matches.
David Warner will continue to lead the side in the absence of Smith.
T20I squad: David Warner (C), Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa