Victoria fast bowler Scott Boland is one step closer to a dream debut in the Boxing Day Test after he was officially added to Australia's squad. Nathan Coulter-Nile, who had been 12th man in the win over West Indies in Hobart, suffered a shoulder injury while playing for the Perth Scorchers in Monday night's BBL match at the WACA, and has been ruled out of the Boxing Day Test.
"The Scorchers medical team confirmed that Nathan dislocated his right shoulder while fielding last night," Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said. "Although the extent of the injury and rehabilitation period will not be fully known until we receive the results of scans later today, we can confirm that Nathan will not be available for the Boxing Day Test."
Boland, who was on standby for the Hobart Test but was ultimately not required to join the squad, has now been officially added to the squad for the second Test against West Indies. Although it remains unlikely that Boland will play, if any of Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson or Peter Siddle struggle with their fitness over the next few days he will come into contention.
Boland, 26, has collected 13 wickets at 17.07 so far this Sheffield Shield season. He particularly impressed Australia's selectors during a Shield game against Western Australia in Perth, where he picked up 7 for 31 and bowled with pace, accuracy and movement.