Lehmann refused  to change his decision, even after the critics on Thursday    Getty Images
Darren Lehmann refused to change his decision even after the critics on Thursday Getty Images

Darren Lehmann has seen “something special” in the insufficient performer Nathan Coulter-Nile but acknowledges that drafting him into the Test squad is not easy. Coulter-Nile has been notified for the Australian squad for the first Test against West Indies that begins next Thursday in Hobart, in spite of not playing any four-day game since March. Victorian coach David Saker condemned the decision by calling it “ridiculous” and ex-Test paceman Geoff Lawson also expressed disapproval by describing the WA speedster as physically unfit for the Test. Lehmann refused to change his decision, even after the critics but said including Coulter-Nile was a “tough” decision. ALSO READ: Darren Lehmann: Australian middle-order must fire in series against West Indies

According to cricket.com.au, he said,We think he has got something special, his one-day record for us has been exceptional, It’s a tight call on a whole heap of bowlers around the country but that is the way we have decided to go.” The Australian Team has Victorian quick Scott Boland on standby for the Hobart Test but Lehmann refuses to include new pace spearhead Josh. There was news about Hazlewood being dropped before the third Test against New Zealand due to recent heavy schedule. But he successfully played and made a come back in the best Test match figures in a man-of-the-match performance.ALSO READ:West Indies struggle vs Cricket Australia XI in rain-hit tour match

Lehmann praised Hazlewood saying he would most likely be playing all 3 Tests against West Indies before resting at some stage at the time of the following one-day series. “We’ll just sum that up as we go, in Tests we have always said we are trying to pick the best side day-in, day-out. So if we rest him,we’ll do it in the one-dayers that might be a better option for us. But at the moment he’s bowling well so we want to keep playing him” Lehmann said.

“There’s a decent break between the first and second Tests so I wouldn’t say there are too many issues there, probably the short turnaround Melbourne-Sydney … but providing they pull up alright, if they’re fit to go, they play.” Lehmann is not decided on Starc’s status, as the left-armer has a fractured right foot and suffers an ankle pain, which ultimately will need a surgery.