Australia speedster Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was recently left out of the 14-man ODI squad which will face India in a three-match series, has voiced his disappointment over the way national selectors have communicated to him.
Apparently, Coulter-Nile was snubbed owing to a sore back but the paceman on Saturday said he had informed the selectors that he was yet to have a scan, which eventually cleared him fit and fine.
“I think it was communicated to me really poorly,” Coulter-Nile told ABC Radio.
“I won’t go into it, but I don’t think soreness is really any excuse for not playing cricket. In fairness, I hadn’t had a (back) scan yet. I had had back soreness and back history, but I hadn’t had a scan to see what was wrong. I had one when I got home and it was all clear,” he added
Coulter-Nile, 31, is currently featuring in the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers. He silenced his critics with by claiming 3 wickets for 25 runs in 4 overs against the Brisbane Heat on Saturday.
“They picked the team before I had a scan to know what was wrong with my back, that’s just when the team was picked to come out. I was getting some mixed messages about what was happening – that’s just the way it is,” Coulter-Nile remarked.
“I have no issue with being dropped, I just like to get a clear message about why - I was told it was because I had a sore back. I presume they’re in contact with Jonesy (WACA Head Physiotherapist Nick Jones) and the support staff, I’m very open.
“JL (Australian coach Justin Langer) asked me when they were selecting the team, I said I have a sore back, but I haven’t had a scan yet. With my history, it was just better off to check it,” he concluded.
Australia’s ODI squad against India:
Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa