Sydney - Josh Hazlewood has urged fellow quick Nathan
Coulter-Nile to "crack open" England's batsmen when he bowls against
the visitors in their opening tour match in Perth this weekend.
Former Test tearaway Mitchell Johnson may have knocked back
the chance to reacquaint himself with England's top order, but paceman
Coulter-Nile will lead the WA XI bowling attack against Joe Root's team.
Coulter-Nile was sidelined from Western Australia's
Sheffield Shield game against NSW in Sydney, and will instead get a chance
against the English tourists in the two-dayer.
Johnson had been asked if he wanted to open the bowling for
the WA XI as part of his Big Bash League preparation, but declined, according
to a newspaper report.
Hazlewood, who is expected to lead the Australian new-ball
attack with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in the Ashes series opener in
Brisbane later this month, told Coulter-Nile to go after the tourists' batsmen.
"Maybe he can crack open a few guys early and create a
few scars in their top order and middle order," Hazlewood told reporters
late on Thursday.
"It's disappointing he's not playing in the Shield game
against us but he's obviously had injuries in the past few years so they're
easing him back into it."
The injury-jinxed Coulter-Nile bowled 15 overs in the
opening Shield round last week in his first first-class game in more than two
Coulter-Nile took three for 18 from six explosive overs for WA
as Tasmania were skittled for 63 in last week's Shield match in Perth.
"That top order, it will be their first real hit-out in
Australia and to have a guy like Coults there to warm them up and to maybe
create a few scars, would be nice," Hazlewood said.
"Obviously their plan is to jump straight into it on
the bounciest and quickest wicket and get used to conditions that way."
Hazlewood said an Australian Test pace attack comprising
Starc and Cummins would be a handful for England in the first Test in Brisbane,
where the wicket traditionally rewards fast bowlers with bounce and movement
off the pitch.
"They're not going to fear me or (off-spinner) Nathan
(Lyon) but the other two guys obviously put fear into the batsmen,"
"That's part of their game, bowling fast and bowling
short on occasions."