Back in­jury spoils fast bowler’s Ashes hopes

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN fast bowler Nathan Coul­ter-Nile will take a “short break” af­ter suf­fer­ing a fresh back prob­lem, Cricket Aus­tralia said yes­ter­day, prob­a­bly rul­ing him out of the com­ing Ashes se­ries.

Coul­ter-Nile, 30, has a his­tory of spinal stress frac­tures and the lat­est set­back ap­pears to end his chances of be­ing a back-up to Aus­tralia pace trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Ha­zle­wood and Pat Cum­mins against Eng­land.

“Nathan ex­pe­ri­enced some pain in his back fol­low­ing the two-day tour match against Eng­land last week,” CA’s sports medicine man­ager Alex Koun­touris said.

“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 from bowl­ing while we mon­i­tor him.”

Koun­touris said Coul­ter-Nile would have fur­ther scans over the next month to de­ter­mine when he could re­turn to bowl­ing. The five-test Ashes se­ries starts on Novem­ber 23. Coul­ter-Nile has yet to play a test match, but has made 21 one-day and 19 T20 in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ance for Aus­tralia. – AFP

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