Coulter-Nile home after vertigo scare

10 February 2019

Scorchers quick to be monitored in Perth after a scary episode in Adelaide during Big Bash match against the Strikers

Perth Scorchers quick Nathan Coulter-Nile faces a battery of tests after being laid low with a bout of vertigo during a KFC BBL match, but the bowler was fit enough to return home with the squad today. 

Perth coach Adam Voges said Coulter-Nile had revealed to medical staff he had suffered from vertigo in the past after his episode during their final match against the Adelaide Strikers on Saturday evening. 

He was taken to hospital as a precaution but discharged later the same night. 

"They put him on an IV drip and he was feeling well enough to travel with us today, which is good," Voges said after the squad arrived back in Perth.

"It's something he's had before in the past. It's normally taken a day or two for it to settle down. Hopefully that's the case and there's nothing more sinister than that. 

"It's very random and came out of the blue. I'm just glad he was discharged from hospital last night.

"He still doesn't look great and he's not 100 per cent but he's certainly feeling a lot better than he was and I'm sure he's glad to be home."

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Voges said his first thought was that Coulter-Nile had suffered a muscular injury and only realised the extent of the issue once he came off and explained to medical staff he was experiencing vertigo.

"(The doctors suggested) because he has had it in the past, he is prone to perhaps getting more episodes, but we'll send him to some medical teams this week and see if there's any other investigation that needs to happen," Voges added.

Coulter-Nile was last week named in Australia's 15-man squad to play two T20s and five ODIs in India, having been left out of the one-day side for the home summer with back issues. 

He had played all but one of Perth's BBL matches this season, taking 14 wickets at an average of 27.14 and economy rate of 7.45. 

"Nathan Coulter-Nile provides us with another quality bowling option, he brings good energy in the field and can also score runs in high pressure situations," National Selector Trevor Hohns said in announcing the ODI side.

Australia's ODI squad will depart for India on February 18 – freeing the Australian players to take part in the BBL Finals – which gives Coulter-Nile a week to ease any fears the national squad may have over his fitness.

The 31-year-old had just been hit for four by Strikers batsman Harry Nielsen off the fifth ball of his final over late in the match when he signalled to the Scorchers' bench for attention at the end of the over. 

After consulting with Perth captain Mitchell Marsh, Coulter-Nile delivered the sixth ball – which Nielsen hit for six over mid-wicket to help the Strikers break the back of a tricky run chase en route to a five-wicket win. 

The fast bowler then noticeably wobbled before sinking to his haunches and sitting on the ground.

He was quickly attended to by the Scorchers' staff and the Cricket Australia doctor on duty, and after a short break was able to pick himself up and walk from the field unassisted.

Coulter-Nile had been a star performer for Perth, cracking 25 runs from just eight balls including three sixes and a four before taking 2-28 from his four overs.

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