This year’s Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) couldn’t have been staged at a better time for Australia as five of their players who featured in the tournament are now battle-ready for the seven-match ODI series against India.
Nathan Coulter Nile joined Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell (Mumbai Indians) and Shane Watson and James Faulkner (Rajasthan Royals) as part of two teams that went all the way through to the final, where Mumbai outclassed Rajasthan by 33 runs.
Coulter-Nile was one of the star performers in setting up the winning campaign for Mumbai. Though he took just six wickets, his economy rate of 6.37 was a testament to the way captain Rohit Sharma turned to him every time Mumbai sought to plug the run-leak.
Speaking at Australia’s first media conference of the tour, team coach Steve Rixon said: “We have been fortunate to have five [players] in the [CLT20] final.”
The tour kicks off with the one-off T20 in Rajkot on Wednesday, followed by the first ODI on October 13.