Warriors fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile has declared himself ready for Ashes cricket if he is called up to the Australian team for next week’s WACA Ground Test.
Coulter-Nile and NSW veteran Doug Bollinger have been rested from their next Sheffield Shield matches and put on standby in case of an injury to pace trio Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson.
Coulter-Nile said this morning it was nice to be in the minds of selectors, but hoped he would not be required.
“Hopefully the guys can rock and roll over here and I won’t even be needed,” he said.
“It sort hasn't really hit me because being on standby isn't like being selected is it - it's good to be thought of like that, but it's still a long way off.
“I'm always hoping nothing goes wrong; I hope all the boys stay out there.
“It gives Australia a chance of winning 5-0 and I hope that's what they do.”
Coulter-Nile said he would be training hard in the nets ahead of the team’s arrival in Perth next week.
“Seeing as though my bowling loads are quite high already it's just time to relax, keep up my work, train as hard as I can in the nets,” he said.
“But just be mentally and physically refreshed and ready to go.
“I'm ready to go definitely.
“I feel like I am mentally and physically ready to play.”
Warriors coach Justin Langer also believed the athletic 26-year-old was ready for the step up.
“What I have seen at the WACA over the last few weeks, there is some real pace and bounce back so for him to have that extra pace is always a great commodity to have, particularly here,” he said.
“So he is in pretty good shape and he’ll be ready to go if he’s called on.”