Coulter-Nile unlikely to be fit for Big Bash

The Perth Scorchers will likely not be able to call on Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile this Big Bash season, as he probably won’t have recovered from his lower back stress fracture in time.

Coulter-Nile was sent home from the tour to Sri Lanka last week with the sore back, and scans revealed the fracture. He will be out for months in recovery, and Scorchers coach Justin Langer was not pleased with the situation.

Langer said, not entirely jokingly, on the CA website: “I’ve just stopped crying – I’ve been crying in my cornflakes for the last few days.

“He’s got a stress fracture in his lower back and as Cricket Australia’s announcement (said), he’s in for a long rehab period.

“Whilst he was keen to be looking to be ready for the BBL I think we might be pushing it.

“It’s a real shame. He’s had so many injury problems now, he’s just got back into the Australian cricket team.

“From the inner sanctum he’s worked so hard. In a lot of ways he’s changed the perception and I really admire that about him.

“He’s changed the perception of a young Nathan Coulter-Nile to a… he’s a great professional now.

“To have that shoulder injury last year and now at 29 to get a stress fracture, it’s such a tough call on him, but it’s also a tough call on Australian cricket and Western Australian cricket.”

From a team perspective, they will need to replace NCN, as well as England’s David Willey after the first few games. Langer had hoped that Mitchell Johnson coming in would be enough, but now he needs another overseas paceman.

The coach added: “The equation it brings up is that we’ll probably look for a replacement player for David Willey now as well, because David Willey will only be here for the first four or five games.

“To add to our depth we’ll look to add another overseas bowler, overseas bowling-allrounder, because with Mitch Johnson coming in we thought we might not need to do that.

“We back our depth here in WA. With Nathan going down we’ll have to look at his personal recovery and have to look at how we’re going to deal with not just Scorchers cricket but Warriors cricket too.”

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