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Nathan Coulter-Nile wants to keep Test ambitions going

Nathan Coulter-Nile (left) was impressive in the first game in Chennai
Nathan Coulter-Nile (left) was impressive in the first game in Chennai

Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile said he is keen on continuing first-class cricket with an ambition to make it to the Test squad.

The 29-year-old's career has been marred by a series of injuries that even prompted him to think about quitting first-class cricket for Western Australia.

However, having returned to full fitness ahead of the One-Day International series, Coulter-Nile troubled the famed Indian top order dismissing Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey in his first three overs to give a promising start for Australia in the Chennai game.

The game on Sunday was also Coulter-Nile's first international game since the tri-series in West Indies and he was also left out of the national contracts list released in April, creating doubts about his future with the Australian team.

"I was always confident I could play for WA (Western Australia) and get through a domestic season.

"That’s a lot easier than the rigours and travel of playing for Australia. But it’s yet to be seen if I can get through an Aussie tour yet.

"I thought long and hard about (giving up first-class cricket) and I ended up trying to give it another crack.

"After talking to (WA coach) JL (Justin Langer) and a few blokes, I think it’d just be mad to give up the dream at 29."

If injuries hampered Coulter-Nile's progress at one end, the formidable pace attack of Australia that included Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson kept him out of the Test squad on a regular basis.

Even in the ongoing series against India, it was only because of the injuries to Starc and Hazlewood, Coulter-Nile was presented with an opportunity and the Western Australia seamer wants to make the chance count with impressive performances and remaining injury-free.

"I‘m up near with them, but I‘m not up with them,” he said of Australia’s first-choice pacemen Starc, Hazlewood, Pattinson and Pat Cummins.

"But it’s the nature of cricket that those blokes aren’t fit all the time ... which is why I’ve got the chance here.

"I’ve just got to be fit at the right time to get a break, I guess."

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