Nathan Coulter-Nile was to be a strong player of Australia’s planning for the this World Cup  © PTI
Nathan Coulter-Nile was to be a strong player of Australia’s planning for the this World Cup © PTI

Rod Marsh, the selection panel chairman for Australia believes that it was his “gut feeling” that he decided to have Nathan Coulter-Nile as replacement for injured Mitchell Starc.  He thought of a player for replacing Starc with someone, who had an longer injury history and who has not been a part of a First-Class match in this season. Coulter-Nile was to be a strong player of Australia’s planning for the World Cup, that had taken place this  year. Unfortunately he suffered hamstring injuries, while he was a part of the Indian Premier League(IPL)  and then had to undergo surgery to his hamstring tendon in the mid of the last year.  reported by ALSO READ: Australia Test squad for West Indies series announced; Nathan Coulter-Nile called up

This resulted Coulter-Nile, not playing for a long time and missing the chance for the World Cup selection. However returning  in the game  for participating in the three ODIs and a T20 international which took place, at the end of this year with Australia’s tour of the UK. Nathan  was taken as an outside chance of replacing Starc in the Test squad, as he has not played a domestic first-class game  since Sheffield Shield Final in Hobart, that took place last year. ALSO READ:Nathan Coulter-Nile latest Australian to pick injury, during England vs Australia 2015 series

The reality is that Coulter-Nile has shown the potential to “come back fresh” after the regular stints on the sidelines he has suffered by the injury. Today when asked, if the selectors had taken into consideration to raise a bowler who had shown more contemporary red-ball form to add to the Test squad, Marsh said “Once Mitchell Starc went down, I think everyone’s mind went straight to Nathan Coulter-Nile.”

“We’ve had our eye on him for a long time and we’ve been very pleased with the way he’s gone when he has played. “But as you all know, he’s also been a fast bowler who hasn’t been injury free and I guess we’re at a situation now where because of the two Mitchells [Johnson and Starc] – one retiring and one being injured – that we do need a bit of pace up front. That doesn’t guarantee him a game of course in Hobart, but he’s in the 12.”

Coulter-Nile was a player with the Australian Team, a team that toured India, in the beginning of this year to play in games against India and South Africa. Marsh has come to a conclusion that injuries were simply an occupational obstructions for fast bowlers, but the 28-year-old’s injury history did not affect the decision making.

“He came back very well, fresh in the Australia A series in India earlier this year so we’re not too concerned about that,” Marsh told when questioned, if Coulter-Nile’s lack of recent red ball cricket saw him as something of a carefully choosing risk. It would have been good if he had been playing Shield cricket the whole season and taken 40 wickets, in an ideal world. But we don’t get too many of them so we’ll go with our gut feeling on Coulter-Nile, we like him as a bowler.”