Nathan Coulter-Nile steps out of shadows to play starring role for Australia | Geoff Lemon

There was no reward with the ball, but a knock of 92 proved the difference against the West Indies

No one thinks of Nathan Coulter-Nile first. When Australian cricket supporters woke up on the morning of their World Cup match against the West Indies, no one was drawn from sleep by curiosity about what Coulter-Nile would do that day.

When the West Indies did their planning, they wouldn’t have had Coulter-Nile as the first subject on the whiteboard. Or the fifth. He might have scraped into the top 11. Australian selectors tend to think of him 14th, maybe 15th. He has been in more squads than he has played internationals. Sometimes he nudges his way up to 12th man.

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