Coulter-Nile slams selectors over "poor communication"
Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was not picked in the squad to face India during the upcoming ODI series in Australia, commented upon the mixed messages he received from the selectors while seeing himself dropped from the side.
While it is not too bad on the selector's part to be careful about their fast-bowlers, Coulter Nile especially has a poor history when it comes to injuries. However, he supposedly only had soreness in the back and had not gone for any scans by the time the squad was announced.
According to him, soreness in the back, the reason selectors had given for his omission was not enough to keep him out of the squad.
“Nathan Coulter-Nile recently experienced some lower back soreness, and on the advice of our medical staff we weren't prepared to risk selecting Nathan in the side given the demands of the upcoming ODI series," chief selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement.
However, Coulter-Nile himself retaliated saying it was very poorly communicated with him.
"I didn't take it the best to be honest. I think it was communicated to me really poorly, I won't go into it but I don't think soreness is any excuse for not playing cricket."
He even went on to play the subsequent match against Brisbane Heat, quick on the heels following the announcement of the squad. Coulter-Nile had a good outing too, picking up 3-25, albeit in a losing cause.
Fast bowlers Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Jason Behrendorff and towering quick Billy Stanlake are all part of the squad. Peter Siddle, in particular, has earned a recall after a long time away from the ODI side.
This is partly due to the reincarnation of sorts he has had in limited-overs cricket following an excellent season last year in the Big Bash for the Adelaide Strikers. He will be expected to largely operate during the middle and slog overs, while also bringing in his vast experience to the relatively inexperienced side.
The three-match ODI series will commence from 12th January and will mark the end of a riveting tour.