Coulter-Nile suffers setback

10 November 2017 06:05:39 EST

Australia's bowling reserves have been hit further with the news that Nathan Coulter-Nile is to undertake a period of rest.

The Western Australia paceman has a history of back trouble and a flare up of the problem has led Cricket Australia to ask him to not be involved in competitive cricket for a while.

James Pattinson has already been ruled out of the Ashes that begins in Brisbane on 23rd November.

Cricket Australia sports science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said: "Nathan experienced some pain in his back following the two-day tour match against England last week.

"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.

"We expect he will have further scans over the next month which will determine when he can return to bowling."

Pattinson, who played for Nottinghamshire earlier this year, faces back surgery after his own aggravation.

The 30-year-old Coulter-Nile is uncapped at Test level but has 40 limited-overs appearances for his country and was expected to come into contention over the five-match series against England, who are 10/3 to win The Ashes outright. The tourists are 14/1 to triumph in the series 3-1.

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