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Coulter-Nile unsure on ODI debut

UPDATED 03 May, 2013 10:19AM AEST | by Michael Huguenin, Omnisport 4

Australian all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile has downplayed his chances of making his one-day international (ODI) debut at the ICC Champions Trophy in June.

Coulter-Nile and fellow Western Australian Mitchell Marsh are the two new faces in Australia's ODI squad for the international tournament, which will be held in Great Britain from June 6-23.

But Coulter-Nile, who is in India with the Mumbai Indians for the Indian Premier League (IPL), has conceded he is unlikely to play too much in the Champions Trophy.

"I just presume I'm there for back-up," Coulter-Nile said on Thursday. 

"I had a two-minute chat with (Australia's chief selector) John (Inverarity), the phone reception wasn't great but yeah, I think that's going to be my role."

Despite his low expectations in regards to playing time in England, Coulter-Nile maintained it was a thrill to be picked.

"Very excited, I feel very privileged to be a part of this squad," Coulter-Nile said. 

"Obviously a huge shock for me, I wasn't really in the mindset of going. 

"I was actually looking forward to getting home and seeing the little one but, yeah, a huge shock and I feel privileged to be able to represent Australia if I get my opportunity."

The 25-year-old fast bowler and big-hitting lower order batsman made his international debut when he played in a Twenty20 International versus the West Indies in February after an impressive Big Bash season with the Perth Scorchers.

That form led to Coulter-Nile being snapped up by Mumbai in the IPL but with the Indians sitting fourth on the table after a decent start to the season, he has yet to play a game.

"It doesn't look like I'll probably get a game," Coulter-Nile said. 

"We've got a pretty good squad over here and we're going along alright. 

"So I'll have to sit on the sidelines and watch us win at the moment."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 02 May, 2013 6:47PM AEST

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