Australian Team news vs India: Key Australian all-rounder unsure of being selected for India vs Australia match at the Oval on Sunday
The Australian Team has had a brilliant run of form in the past few months or so in the limited overs format. They have started off their ongoing World Cup campaign on a brilliant note by winning their opening two matches against Afghanistan and West Indies.
In their second match against West Indies, the Australian fast bowler- Nathan Coulter Nile, was instrumental not with the ball in hand, but the bat in their in their 15-run victory. He smashed 92 off just 60 deliveries as the Aussies put on a total of 288 in 49 overs. He was consequently awarded the Man of the Match for his ‘Out of the Blue’ knock.
“Wouldn’t be surprised if I get dropped in the next game”- Coulter Nile
The 31-year-old however, believes that his place in the side is not as a batsmen, and his expensive outing with the ball in the same very match, might see him not featuring in the next crucial match against India on June 9 at The Oval. He bowled 10 overs and was pummelled for 70 runs by the Windies batsmen.
Asked if he felt his spot was secure, Coulter-Nile said, “No. I took none for 70”.
Nathan Coulter-Nile fell short of becoming the first No. 8 batsman to score an ODI hundred, but he still set a new World Cup record!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 7, 2019
“We’ve got two world-class (fast) bowlers (on the sidelines). I’m not in the team to make runs, hopefully, the top order does that, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I got dropped for the next game,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
“I’m in the team to take wickets and I’ve had two wicketless games, so we’ll see how we go, the fast bowler further added.
Coulter-Nile’s 92 at Trent Bridge was the highest score by a No 8 in a World Cup, 58 runs more than his previous best ODI score.
The Australian squad also comprise of two other decent pace bowling options in Kane Richardson and Jason Behrendorff, who will be considered in the upcoming games, for sure. With the second spinner- Nathan Lyon also in the side, the Aussie side is not short of experience for sure.