Disappointed Coulter-Nile Aims For a Fresh Start After Western Australia Snub
Nathan Coulter-Nile (© AFP)

Having played a vital role in Western Australia’s title run as they won the domestic one-day cup competition for the third time in six years, Nathan Coulter-Nile was left surprised after being dropped from the roster for the 2020-21 season this week.

Coulter-Nile was the top wicket-taker of the competition with 17 wickets at 18.94 and served Western Australia for over a decade.

Disappointed at the axe, he’s now aiming to land a deal with a different state and hopes to square off with his former team if the opportunity comes.

“I’d love to face Western Australia, I’d definitely be fired up for it,” he told cricket.com.au. “I know the boys had nothing to do with the decision and a few of them openly said they were disappointed with it, but any chance I get to prove the decision-makers wrong, I’d definitely take that opportunity.”

The surprising decision by Western Australia could be rooted in their desire to end their Sheffield Shield title drought – Australia’s top-flight first-class competition – which has extended to 21 years.

While the 32-year-old Coulter-Nile understands the basis of their decision but said he could have at least been offered a minimum contract.

“I understand where they’re coming from; they want to win a Shield title and that’s the way they thought they needed to go do it. I wasn’t too shocked. I’d been given word they were going to reward the blokes bowling the most overs, which is fair enough,” he said.

“But to not even get a minimum contract, say ‘come down, help out the young kids’ I’ve been involved for 15 years so I feel like I know a bit about the game. To say I was not required at all, I was a bit disappointed, but that’s the way it goes,” he added.

Coulter-Nile has 116 wickets at 27.59 in 32 first-class games with his last FC match in 2017.

“I want to play. I was the leading wicket-taker last year, I feel like I’m bowling alright. I feel like I’ve still got plenty to offer,” said the pacer, who took 82 wickets at 21.96 in 39 one-day games for WA since making his debut in 2009. But there’s still so much time before the Marsh Cup begins, we’ll just wait and see what happens. But I’m definitely throwing my name out there,” he said.