Coulter-Nile taken to hospital with vertigo

09 February 2019

Scorchers and Australia quick Nathan Coulter-Nile laid low by 'bad bout of vertigo' after bowling in Big Bash

Perth Scorchers quick Nathan Coulter-Nile has been taken to hospital after being hit with a bout of vertigo that forced him from the field in Saturday's KFC BBL match.

Coulter-Nile had just been hit for four by 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.

The Scorchers physio Chris Quinnell said the 31-year-old had suffered a "bad bout of vertigo".

“Nathan was hit with a bad bout of vertigo at the end of his final bowling over during the game against the Adelaide Strikers," Quinnell said.

"He was taken to hospital after the game as a precaution and will be monitored over the next few hours."

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Coulter-Nile had been resting up and rehydrating in the team dressing room after the match before the team decided on the precautionary hospital trip.

Coulter-Nile had taken his second wicket of the match in his fourth and final over, but his final two balls were hit for six and four as the Strikers raced towards a five-wicket victory that left the Scorchers bottom of the BBL|08 ladder.

The fast bowler, who was selected in Australia's one-day international and Twenty20 squad to tour India from later this month, had earlier been a star performer, cracking 25 runs from just eight balls including three sixes and a four before taking 2-28 from his four overs.

His inclusion in the 15-man squad to tour India came after he was left out of the limited overs internationals 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 when announcing the squad this week.

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