Nathan Coulter-Nile    Getty Images
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Nathan Coulter-Nile was sidelined for the entire Australian summer last year due to a serious injuries. He suffered a hamstring injury first, then injured both the shoulders that kept him away from national selection for two years. During this phase, Coulter-Nile felt his international career was more or less over. Coulter-Nile revealed last month that he had thoughts of giving up Test cricket and focus solely on the limited-overs format. However, his brilliant spell against India on Sunday has kept his hopes alive for a Test return. Soon to celebrate his 30th birthday, Coulter-Nile has still kept his ambitions of the a recall alive.

Recollecting those horrific days, Coulter-Nile told cricket.com.au, There were definitely periods where I wondered if I was ever going to play for Australia again. I was always confident I could play for WA and get through a domestic season. That’s a lot easier than the rigours and travel of playing for Australia. But it’s yet to be seen if I can get through an Aussie tour yet. I thought long and hard about (giving up first-class cricket) and I ended up trying to give it another crack. After talking to ‘JL’ (state coach Justin Langer) and a few blokes, I think it’d just be mad to give up the dream at 29.”

I still think I’ve got a lot of cricket left in me so hopefully I can still get there. Absolutely, Test cricket is still the dream. I think it’s the dream of every kid playing in Australia. It’s not about earning money in the IPL, it’s about playing Test cricket and representing your country on the big stage, he added

In Glenn Maxwell s blog interview, Coulter-Nile had told how wife Shani Blay and his daughter had kept the fire burning in him, I don’t know how she does it but she just makes me feel like everything is going to be OK. And as well as my daughter, she loves me no matter what happens. I could not have a (fit) shoulder and she’d still give me a hug. Family is what really brings me back to wanting to get out there and do it again.

However, Coulter-Nile is aware of the competition around. I’m up near with them, but I’m not up with them. My goals this year are to purely play well for WA. I’m confident I can get through for WA and just get my body into some sort of shape to play for Australia consistently. But it’s the nature of cricket that those blokes aren’t fit all the time … which is why I’ve got the chance here. I’ve just got to be fit at the right time to get a break, I guess, he concluded.