Australian captain Michael Clarke has praised debutant Nathan Coulter-Nile after earning his first wicket at One-day International level.
Clarke has described Coulter-Nile as a very good athlete who could bat, field as well as bowl. “He’s certainly good enough to play at this level and I think he’s got an extremely bright future in all three forms of the game” Clarke said following his first match for Australia.
The right-arm quick from Perth got the wicket of England opener Michael Carberry, who had made 63 before being bowled by the West Australian in convincing fashion during his 8th over. Carberry tried to pull a delivery that was far too straight, reducing England to 126-5 after the ball cannoned into his leg stump.
In fact, Carberry was perhaps fortunate to still be at the crease after edging Coulter-Nile past a diving Matthew Wade the ball before his dismissal.
Coulter-Nile ended with impressive figures of 1-34 off 10 overs, the most economical of any Australian bowler on show.
Unfortunately the performance proved in vain as England claimed a three-wicket victory with three balls to spare in Cardiff.
The NatWest series, currently tied 1-1 after four matches (two rained out), enters a fifth and deciding match in Southampton on Monday.
Whether Coulter-Nile retains his spot for tomorrow’s match depends on pitch conditions.