Coulter-Nile expected to miss the Ashes

Nathan Coulter-Nile back injury Australia England Ashes cricket

Nathan Coulter-Nile “will have further scans over the next month which will determine when he can return to bowling”

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Australia pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile is unlikely to play any part in the upcoming Ashes series after aggravating an old stress fracture in his back.

Coulter-Nile suffered the injury while captaining a Western Australia XI in their warm-up match against England earlier this month.

The 30-year-old was expected to be in with a chance of making the cut for Australia’s Ashes squad, but that will no longer be the case as he will now take a “short break” from all cricketing activities.

“Nathan experienced some pain in his back following the two-day tour match against England last week,” Cricket Australia’s┬ásports medicine manager Alex Kountouris was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “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.”

Coulter-Nile’s injury is the latest blow for Australia as fast bowler James Pattinson was ruled out of the Ashes after suffering a similar injury. It is understood that Pattinson may have his spine surgically repaired in order to prolong his career.

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