Faulkner, Coulter-Nile recalled for India tour

Starc has been rested for the entire tour as he continues his recovery from a foot injury, with selectors keeping one eye on this year's Ashes Test series against England.

Faulkner, who was the player of the match in the 2015 World Cup final, had been left out of the squad for the Champions Trophy earlier this year.   -  AP

Pacers James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile have been brought back to the Australia’s ODI squad for its tour of India next month. The Steven Smith-led side, which will play ODIs and T20s, has also included all-rounders Ashton Agar and Hilton Cartwright.

Faulkner, who was the player of the match in the 2015 World Cup final, had been left out of the squad for the Champions Trophy earlier this year. But his experience in the sub-continent has helped him earn a recall. On the other hand, Coulter-Nile — plagued by injuries in recent years — will get the chance to revive his international career.

"James is a solid one-day campaigner and is very familiar with subcontinent conditions, coming off a very good tour of Sri Lanka last year," chief selector Trevor Hohns said. "We hope that he will take his chance in returning to the one-day side."

Coulter-Nile, who has recovered from a back injury, gets the chance to add to his 16 ODIs after impressive form in this year's IPL with the Kolkata Knight Riders. "Nathan brings raw pace to the side with good variation," Hohns said. "It is great to see him back from injury and we are hopeful he will have a big impact in this series."

All-rounder Moises Henriques, as well as injured quartet Chris Lynn, John Hastings, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc, all miss out despite featuring in the Champions Trophy squad. Starc has been rested for the entire tour as he continues his recovery from a foot injury, with selectors keeping one eye on this year's Ashes Test series against England.

"We have reviewed the progress of Mitchell's right foot and the healing process has been slower than we would have liked," team physiotherapist David Beakley said.

The squad

ODIs: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

T20Is: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.

 

With inputs from AFP