No rivalry between fast bowlers for Aussie WC squad: Coulter-Nile

Dubai [UAE]: Nathan Coulter-Nile on Thursday stressed that there is no rivalry between the fast bowlers as the team comes first, while referring to the selection in the Australia’s World Cup squad.

“Everyone’s performing, that’s why we’re winning. But even when someone has a bad day, they’re really supportive of other blokes who have had a good day,” ICC quoted Coulter-Nile, as saying.

“It’s fantastic to see. I don’t think it’s a conscious effort that anyone makes. Just think it’s good mates supporting each other. I don’t think anybody goes out there thinking, ‘I’m not going to worry about selection’. It’s just the way everyone is; they’re all just good people,” he said.

Coulter-Nile had “mixed messages” from the selectors and also had a sudden bout of vertigo during the BBL and needed to be hospitalised. Despite that, he returned and an impressive Australia tour of India.

The fast bowler is likely to get a chance in the five-march ODI series against Pakistan to make his case stronger for the upcoming World Cup; however, he is not too fussed about the tournament.

There will be intense competition within the probables comprising Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson and Jason Behrendorff.

“The World Cup is always going to be spoken about. It’s around the corner, people are vying for selection,” he said.

“Practically, to get picked, you have to perform. So that’s the easy way to do – go out and perform. You don’t need to worry about if you’re getting picked or not if you’re taking wickets. It’s only when you’re not taking wickets or you’re not making runs that you worry about it,” Coulter-Nile said.

Australia are scheduled to play Pakistan in the first ODI on March 22 at Sharjah.

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