Missing the World Cup was shattering - Coulter-Nile
In the One-Day International in Melbourne against South Africa last year, Coulter-Nile injured his hamstring, which put him out of contention for the World Cup.
Coulter-Nile stated that the injury was an eye-opener, especially after seeing the Australian team go on to lift the World Cup.
"I think that (the injury) was the big eye opener.
“I was probably about five kilos overweight for whatever reason.
“Strength was good but missing that (World Cup) was absolutely shattering, especially watching the boys go on and win it.
“I was obviously wrapped for them but not to be involved through injury was a little bit disappointing.”
So far, Coulter-Nile has featured in 12 ODIs and 11 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia, since making his debut in 2013.
During the period, he has managed to take 21 wickets at 25.38 in ODIs while claiming 15 scalps at 22.33 in T20Is.
Coulter-Nile revealed that missing the World Cup was the catalyst in his decision to follow a strict diet plan while focusing on his fitness in order to regain his spot in the side.
"I didn’t really realise what it took to compete at the top level and perform and consistently.
“I’d always perform and get injured or get dropped or something like that.
“When I missed the World Cup it really hurt me a lot and I thought ‘I really want to do this, this is something I really want to do,’ and from then on I was really strict with my diet, really strict with my training and I saw the rewards at the end of the season.”
In the two matches he has played since his comeback, Coulter-Nile has picked up five wickets at an average of 10.40.
The 27-year-old stated that despite not playing many games for Australia, the experience he has had so far has prepared him for the challenges ahead.
"It’s been fantastic, haven’t done too much of it in a row.
“Every time you come up you don’t get a respite.
“In domestic cricket you get one or two players finding their feet so you come up to international cricket and they’re ready to go.
“I’ve been around a long time and know what to do.
“It’s a challenge but that’s what’s exciting and fun about it.”
Australia have a healthy bench strength of fast-bowlers, which makes it a tough competition to secure a place in the playing eleven.
Acknowledging the fact that there are plenty of challengers for the spot in the team, Coulter-Nile said that it was important not to take his place for granted.
"(You) never feel comfortable, I feel comfortable when I have my spot.
“There’s that many fast bowlers coming through Australia at the moment, if you get comfortable that’ll be the time when you’ll get dropped.”
Out of the 12 ODIs Coulter-Nile has played in, he has featured in seven games against England, picking up 13 wickets at 24.76.
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