Uncapped fast bowler Scott Boland has been drafted into Australia’s squad for the Boxing Day Test, replacing the injured Nathan Coulter-Nile as the country’s pace stocks worsen.
Coulter-Nile dislocated his right shoulder while fielding on Monday night for the Perth Scorchers in a Big Bash League match in Perth. The injury is to his bowling arm.
While it is unclear how much cricket the West Australian quick will miss, there must now be doubts over Coulter-Nile’s availability for the rest of the international summer and possibly the World Twenty20 starting in March.
It is a bitter blow for the highly talented paceman, who missed this year’s World Cup due to a serious hamstring injury.
“The Scorchers medical team confirmed that Nathan dislocated his right shoulder while fielding last night,” Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said.
“Although the extent of the injury and rehabilitation period will not be fully known until we receive the results of scans later today, we can confirm that Nathan will not be available for the Boxing Day Test.”
Boland is now in line to make his international debut in front of his home crowd at the MCG. He was placed on standby for the Hobart Test but was not required.
Boland, 26, has taken 72 wickets at 30.7 from 27 first-class games.
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