Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Paceman Happy to Make Way for Mitch

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Paceman Happy to Make Way for Mitch

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Byline: RICHARD HARVEY, apn sports bureau

CRICKET: Nathan Coulter-Nile says he has no problem about stepping aside to allow fellow Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson loose on the struggling English again at the Gabba on Friday.

In fact, Coulter-Nile would love to Johnson back terrorising the Poms and helping keep the foot firmly on the throat of Alastair Cook's men in the second one-dayer.

Johnson missed Australia's six-wicket victory in the first game in the five-match series at the MCG on Sunday after being rested.

Now he's back with Coulter-Nile the man likely to make way.

Not that you will hear Coulter-Nile, who took 1-51 in Sunday's triumph, complaining about it.

"Mitch has always been a fantastic bowler and his confidence is sky-high," Coulter-Nile said of his West Australian teammate.

"He's bowling mid-150s (kmh), so, hopefully, he can crank it up again.

"I'd definitely be scared if I was facing him."

Despite looking set to carry the drinks as 12th man, Coulter-Nile, who has played three ODIs and three T20 internationals, said he was treating his time in the one-day and Test squad (he was standby for the final three Ashes Tests) as a valuable learning experience. …

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