Paceman joins Aussies’ growing injury list

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Australia's injury list has extended by another player, this time a fast bowler, as Nathan Coulter-Nile has been ruled out of the ODI series against England with a hamstring injury.

Coulter-Nile picked the injury up in the second ODI at Lord's, which was also where David Warner got a fractured thumb and Shane Watson hurt his calf muscle. All three will fly back to Australia this week.

As such, the selectors have been forced to look close by to Australians already in England, and have called upon T20 skipper Aaron Finch to replace Warner, veteran paceman John Hastings, and Gloucestershire batsman Peter Handscomb.

Lehmann said: "We're disappointed to lose players of the calibre of David Warner, Shane Watson and Nathan Coulter-Nile but we have quality replacements on hand in Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and John Hastings.

"We looked at all options including the possibility of flying in cover from Australia but the fact all three of the players we have drafted in are already in England means they can join us at short notice, be acclimatised to conditions and be available for selection immediately, if required.

"We look forward to them playing their parts in trying to ensure we finish this tour with a victory in the one-day international series against England, starting in Manchester on Tuesday night."

Australia lead the series two-nil, with three more games to play.

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