While team England is weakened with several injury issues, Australia too is facing injury blues. As confirmed by Cricket Australia, Nathan Coulter-Nile will be rested from the upcoming Ashes series due to a severe black injury. The fast bowler is 30 years old and has been suffering from fracture stresses since long. The player was dropped from cricket for the whole of last summer due to fractures in his spine. Coulter-Nile however, reached a high-point in his form in both domestic and international circuit. In the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Tasmania last month, he had several wickets to finish as the Player of the Match. Also, the two-day tour match against England, he toppled four wickets for WA XI.
There is a possibility that the injury strained player might withdraw permanently from the longest format of the game. He was under the scanner of Aussie selectors for the upcoming Ashes series. In absence of the player, Australia is betting on Jackson Bird, the seamer from Tasmania. It is a setback for team Australia to rest the player from the series. The player also contemplated if he should end his career in the longest format of the game. Meanwhile, the team management of Australia is expecting only a short hiatus.
Per Alex Kountouris, CA Sports Science and Medicine manager, the board is “only considering a short break from bowling” as player is being under constant monitoring. Kountouris said the bowler experienced some back pain after the tour match to England and his old strains are aggravated now. Nathan Coulter-Nile said, since the last 12 months he has been through lots of injuries. Despite his injuries, the bowler is positive on playing if he bounces back as fit. He however added that if the pain aggravates again, he might think of retiring from Test. Australia will be on Ashes Tests with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins as the bowling spearhead.
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