Australia blow as Nathan Coulter-Nile aggravates back injury ahead of Ashes

Jonathan Hunn
Injured: Nathan Coulter-Nile has been ruled out for an indeterminate period of time: Getty Images

Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile could miss the Ashes after breaking down with another back injury, although fellow quick Josh Hazlewood has put down his marker after coming through a Sheffield Shield match unscathed.

Coulter-Nile has been ruled out for an indeterminate period of time and Cricket Australia’s Sports Science and Sports Medicine manager Alex Kountouris said: “Nathan experienced some pain in his back following the two-day tour match against England last week.

"Subsequent scans have revealed an early stage aggravation of his old stress fracture. Whilst this is a setback, the good news is that it has been picked up early, so we are only considering a short break while we monitor him.

"We expect he will have further scans over the next month which will determine when he can return.”

It is a blow for the 30-year-old, who has played 21 one-day and 19 Twenty20 internationals but has suffered a long list of injuries and is yet to make his Test debut.

Meanwhile, 26-year-old Hazlewood, who took six wickets for New South Wales against Western Australia this week, said today: “Things went well. From ball one, I was pretty surprised with how well the ball was coming out, how good the run-up felt, how good everything was in general.”

Hazlewood was forced to return from Bangladesh after the First Test in August after picking up a side strain.

Tasmania’s Jackson Bird has been withdrawn from his side’s Sheffield Shield match to join Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Hazlewood in Brisbane for a training camp ahead of the start of the First Test at the Gabba in 13 days’ time.

What to read next

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes