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Coulter-Nile miffed at ODI non-selection

Pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile was surprised that some back soreness became the reason why he wasn't selected for Australia's one-day series against India.

Coulter-Nile miffed at ODI non-selection

Pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile was surprised that some back soreness became the reason why he wasn't selected for Australia's one-day series against India.

NATHAN COULTER-NILE of the WA XI during the Ashes series Tour Match between Western Australia XI and England at WACA in Perth, Australia.
NATHAN COULTER-NILE of the WA XI during the Ashes series Tour Match between Western Australia XI and England at WACA in Perth, Australia. Picture:Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images

A disappointed Nathan Coulter-Nile claims he doesn't understand why he was ruled out of Australia's one-day series against India.

Coulter-Nile wasn't named in the 14-man squad, missing out on a crucial chance to push his World Cup hopes with Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc each given a break.


Chief selector Trevor Hohns said in a press release when the squad was announced that they "weren't prepared to risk" him, citing "some lower-back soreness".

But the West Australian quick said he'd only told coach Justin Langer he had a sore back, and that he hadn't yet had a scan when the side was announced on Friday.

"I didn't take it the best to be honest. I think it was communicated to me really poorly," Coulter-Nile told ABC Grandstand.

"I won't go into it but I don't think soreness is any excuse for not playing cricket. "

Coulter-Nile played in the Scorchers' Big Bash loss to Brisbane on Saturday night, however there is a significant workload jump from the 20-over to 50-over games.

He took 1-26 in three overs in his only one-dayer of 2018 against South Africa in November, before bowling three wicketless overs for 40 runs in the Twenty20 series against India.

The luckless 31-year-old has battled injuries throughout his career, keeping him to just 22 ODIs and 26 T20s for Australia.

His comments come as debate about selection criteria and communication again reared its head.

Peter Handscomb said on Sunday all his conversations in the past year had been "open and honest", as he came in and out of the side.

But Australian Cricketers Association President Greg Dyer indicated players believed there were communication issues around selections.

"The implication is it's not as full (the communication) as it used to be," Dyer told SEN Radio.

"I think from time to time we hear disquiet around the logic behind particular selections."

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