Nathan Mitchell Coulter-Nile
October 11, 1987, Osborne Park, Western Australia
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Right arm fast
In an Australian era flush with fast bowling talent, Nathan Coulter-Nile is one of the most gifted athletes of all his contemporaries and when fit and healthy has been a staple in Australia's limited-overs formats.
Although primarily a fast bowler, Coulter-Nile first earned a call-up to Australia's Champions Trophy squad in 2013 through his all-round talents as much as his work with the ball. Described by the national selector John Inverarity as "one of the three or four best fieldsmen in Australia", Coulter-Nile is an energetic presence on the field and adds explosive lower-order hitting to any side for which he plays. However, his international career has been stop-start since day one with serious back, hamstring and shoulder injuries repeatedly curtailing any attempt at an extended run in the international side. He fought back from a shoulder dislocation in late 2015 to play in the 2016 T20 World Cup and came back from two back injuries to make the 2019 World Cup squad.
He has been on the cusp of the Test side on a number of occasions but injury and Australia's strong fast bowling depth have prevented him from earning a baggy green and a back injury in 2017 meant he had to opt out of first-class cricket for the time being to aid his longevity in the limited overs formats.
An awkward bowler to face, Coulter-Nile can get the ball to kick off a good length at speed. He announced himself in the 2012-13 Australian domestic season when won the Laurie Sawle Medal as Western Australia's Player of the Year. It was a breakthrough season for Coulter-Nile, who made his T20I debut in February and was sold to Mumbai Indians for $450,000 at the IPL auction the same month and has since been bought by four different franchises. He was a promising volleyball player in his youth but his raw cricketing talent saw him become an Australia Under-19s representative before making his debut for Western Australia in late 2009.
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