Coulter-Nile happy to make way for Mitchell Johnson

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.

"Sitting on the sidelines is good when you're part of the Australian squad, especially the Test one," he said.

"You don't get the opportunity to be around them (the Test team) too often.

"There are plenty of blokes out there who've never had the opportunity.

"I try to learn as much as I can from the bowlers - there's a reason they're the best in the world at the moment."

While he's had a taste of limited-overs cricket for his country, Coulter-Nile (pictured) said his ultimate goal was to earn a Baggy Green and be a part of the Aussie pace battery one day.

 

"I love the long-form and that's the cricket I want to play, so, hopefully, I can get my opportunity there," he said.

As for Johnson, the man of the Ashes series, will be sporting a new clean-cut look in Brisbane.

He shaved off his famous handlebar moustache yesterday - well, his wife Jessica did - and said she was happy to see the "filthy" growth go.

Johnson originally grew it for Movember, and raised $40,000 for the men's charity, but kept it throughout the Australia's triumphant Ashes campaign.

But we may not have seen the last of it, with the left-armer saying it will be back for the Test series in South Africa next month.



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