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Behrendorff, Coulter-Nile Sidelined For BBL|07

03 January 2018

The Perth Scorchers have today confirmed that pace duo Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 KFC Big Bash season due to injury.

Nathan Coulter-Nile has been monitored by Cricket Australia and Western Australian Cricket Association medical staff for the past two months following a flare up of a previous back injury.

Cricket Australia Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris said: "We have given Nathan the last few months to see how his early stage stress fracture is progressing with the view of trying to play in the BBL.

"Unfortunately, he is still experiencing pain and will need a longer recovery period so will not be available for the remainder of the BBL and the ODI series against England in January."

Behrendorff has been monitored by WACA medical staff, Head Physiotherapist Nick Jones said: "Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that relates to an old lumbar stress fracture that flared during the pre-season period and has been managing it through the JLT One Day Cup, International T20 series versus India, and the early rounds of the JLT Sheffield Shield.

"Jason’s back pain flared again in the first innings of the Round 4 JLT Sheffield Shield match against Queensland. Despite not bowling since this flare up, his pain has not settled sufficiently to be able to return to bowling.

"Jason requires an extended period of rest from bowling to allow this pain to resolve and will not be available for the remainder of BBL07 and the T20 series against England and New Zealand later in the summer."