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No play, no worries for Coulter-Nile

Australian chairman of selectors Rod Marsh. Photo: AAP Image
Australian chairman of selectors Rod Marsh. Photo: AAP Image

National selectors have added West Australian quick Nathan Coulter-Nile to the squad for the first Test against the West Indies starting in Hobart next Thursday, and placed Victorian paceman Scott Boland on standby.

Australia's fast bowling stocks have been hit in recent months by the retirements of Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson, while Mitchell Starc could miss up to 12 weeks with a foot injury.

That situation will almost certainly see Victoria's James Pattinson get an opportunity in Hobart after he was left out of the team for the historic day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide.

Selection panel chair Rod Marsh said Coulter-Nile's ability to bowl at 140kmh earned him the call up, despite not having played a Sheffield Shield game this season.

"In an ideal world we would have liked Nathan Coulter-Nile to have played some more Sheffield Shield cricket, but he has been a proven performer for Australia in short-format cricket and has very good pace," Marsh said.

Boland has been put on standby, with the player of the match in Adelaide, fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, having shouldered a heavy workload in the three Tests against the Black Caps and veteran quick Peter Siddle is battling a back injury.

"Hopefully all the bowlers from the Adelaide Test recover well over the next few days, but we are mindful all our fast bowlers have had a heavy workload," Marsh said. "Scott presents a good option if the situation with any of our fast bowlers changes. He's bowling very well at the moment and is not far off selection."

 

SQUAD: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Adam Voges.