Wednesday 4 December 2013 

Bollinger, Coulter-Nile On Standby For Perth

Doug Bollinger
Doug Bollinger has been placed on standby for the Perth Ashes Test
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Cricket Australia (CA) have placed fast bowlers Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile on standby for the third Ashes Test in Perth.

The pair will not be available to New South Wales and Western Australia respectively in the lead-up to the Test match, which begins at the WACA on 13th December.

There were no fitness concerns following Australia's 381-run win over England in the opener in Brisbane but with a shorter turnaround between the Adelaide and Perth matches, CA are doing everything they can to ensure they have a fully fit group of fast bowlers.

With Patrick Cummins, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc among those unavailable due to injury, they are taking every precaution as they bid to regain the Ashes from England.

"We hope the fitness and form of current squad members leads to us having the same 12 for the Perth Test," National Selection Panel (NSP) Chairman John Inverarity said.

"However, to ensure we are well prepared, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Doug Bollinger have been placed on standby for the Perth Test which is to start on Friday 13 December.

"Nathan and Doug will not be available to play for Western Australia and New South Wales respectively in the upcoming round of Sheffield Shield fixtures, Sunday to Wednesday, 8-11 December.

"Nathan lives in Perth while Doug will head to Perth early next week to be ready should he be required for selection."

Coulter-Nile has played two One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals but is yet to feature in Test cricket while the last of Bollinger's 11 Test appearances was the Adelaide Test of the previous Ashes tour in 2010.

He has taken 50 wickets at an average of 25.92.

Australia won the opening Test in Brisbane by 381 runs and the second Test gets underway on 5th December.

© Cricket World 2013

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21st-25th November: 1st Test, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 295 & 401-7d. beat ENG 136 & 179 by 381 runs
5th-9th December: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 570-9d & 132-3d beat ENG 172 & 312 by 218 runs
13th-17th December: 3rd Test, WACA, Perth
AUS 385 & 369-8 d. beat ENG 251 & 353 by 150 runs
26th-30th December: 4th Test, MCG, Melbourne
AUS 204 & 231-2 beat ENG 255 & 179 by 8 wickets
3rd-7th January: 5th Test, SCG, Sydney
AUS 326 & 274 beat ENG 155 & 166 by 281 runs