Nathan Coulter-Nile, Australia vs West Indies, World Cup, ICC World Cup 2019
Coulter-Nile, who smashed a 60-ball 92, registered the highest score by a No. 8 batsman in World Cup history. @ Twitter/Cricket World Cup

Nathan Coulter-Nile inspired a remarkable Australian fightback against West Indies in Match 10 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge at Nottingham on Thursday. Coulter-Nile, who smashed a 60-ball 92, registered the highest score by a No. 8 batsman in World Cup history. He eclipsed Zimbabwe’s Heath Streak’s unbeaten 72 in World Cup 2003. Coulter-Nile, who smashed eight boundaries and four sixes, also recorded his maiden ODI half-century in his 29th ODI. His previous highest was 34 last year.

“No. I did not think I would get that much. I remember Steve Smith being on 81 and me not hanging around in a practice game, so I thought I would stick around a little bit,” Coulter-Nile, who won the Man of the Match award after Australia pulled off a sensational 15-run win, said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Coulter-Nile fell three runs short to record the all-time ODI score by a No. 8 batsman achieved by England’s Chris Woakes (95 not out).

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“Played a pull shot second ball and it went up, luck went my way, couple dropped safely and inside edged a few. That’s the way cricket goes,” he said.

“We back ourselves, we got two world class bowlers and Zamps (Adam Zampa). We back ourselves to defend anything.”

Talking about the wicket, he said: “I felt it (the surface) quite hard. The wicket was a bit up and down, but I settled in and got used to it. They were on the way before Starcy (Mitchell Starc) picked 2-3, good move by Aaron Finch to bring him on then. He is a fantastic bowler and credit goes to him.”