After starting as an aggressive fast bowler, Nathan Coulter-Nile can confidently label himself as a more than handy all-rounder. The rangy Western Australian has proven a more than capable lower order batsman, and is excellent in the field. It’s no surprise that the Mumbai Indians were willing to pay $450,000 for his services in the IPL this year.
The now 25 year old debuted in 2009 for the Warriors against the Bushrangers in a Ryobi Cup clash in Bunbury. Coulter-Nile didn’t set the world on fire, finishing with 0/46 from his seven overs. However, he would have enjoyed being a part of the thrilling final over victory against their more fancied rivals.
Coulter-Nile’s first taste of four-day cricket was mixed. He picked up three wickets for the match, including the prized scalp of George Bailey. But despite being promoted to first drop for their run chase, he failed to fire in his side’s outright loss. More recently, the 25 year old took match figures of 9/125 and scored 53 runs against Queensland in a Herculean display at the Gabba.
The Western Australian boasts notable records in the two forms of the game. He currently has 87 wickets in his first-class career, while also snaring 39 scalps in the Ryobi Cup. He has notched half-centuries in both competitions and is well on the way to establishing himself as a genuine all-rounder.
Coulter-Nile has enjoyed the most success in the shortest form of the game, which has seen him earn a contract in the lucrative IPL. In the 2011/12 BBL, Coulter-Nile took a handy ten wickets for the tournament including a career best 3/9 against the Sydney Thunder. He also affected two run outs for the game, which earned him a rare Man of the Match honour.
It was the 2012/13 BBL season that saw Coulter-Nile adopt the all-rounder tag. One innings in particular highlighted how damaging he can be with willow in hand. Needing an unlikely 51 from just five overs, Coulter-Nile was sent up the order to do one thing; smash the ball as far as he could. He only faced six deliveries, but finished with a match winning 23* courtesy of two huge sixes of Dan Christian.
Coulter-Nile again took 10 wickets for the tournament and will be hoping for more success when the Perth Scorchers compete in the CLT20 Champions League.
The promising Perth-man made his international T20 debut against the West Indies earlier this year, as Australia went down by 27 runs. Coulter-Nile made an instant impact, as he first caught Chris Gayle, before he knocked over the big hitting Johnson Charles. He also blasted two maximums with the bat.
He has since been rewarded with a spot in Australia’s 15 man squad for the upcoming ICC Champion’s Trophy to be held in England.