Nathan Coulter-Nile, the Australian fast bowler, will take a “short break” after suffering a fresh back problem, Cricket Australia said on Friday (November 10), likely 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’s pace trio of 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,” said Alex Kountouris, the CA’s sports medicine manager. “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 will have further scans over the next month to determine when he can 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 appearances for Australia.