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Weakness becomes strength for Coulter-Nile
Nathan Coulter-Nile. Pic: Getty Images

Twenty20 cricket has such different rules to the game's other formats that Nathan Coulter-Nile is preparing to use his primary weakness as a strength at the Champions League.

Coulter-Nile acknowledged that frustrating inconsistency had marred his initial seasons for WA.

Just as he was starting to emerge as a pace bowler with potential beyond State ranks, his control would wane or his rhythm would vanish. But as he celebrated his 25th birthday by preparing for the Perth Scorchers' opening encounter with the Pretoria-based Titans tomorrow, Coulter-Nile identified his rollercoaster career path as perfectly suited to 20-over cricket.

"You have to be inconsistent, which is what I do the best," he said.

"You never know if you are going to bowl two overs in a row.

"You come off when you are getting into a decent rhythm and then come back on when they are going really hard.

"Bowling in Twenty20 is completely different to any other format because batsmen are trying to get at you every ball."

The steepling bounce on show at Centurion in the Champions League qualifying matches virtually guarantees that Perth's fastest bowler will have a key role against the Titans, though Coulter-Nile was not sure if he would even get a game tomorrow.

Perth employed only six front-line batsmen during the Big Bash, with five specialist bowlers also being used. Rain is forecast and given the lively pitch expected at Centurion, Perth may consider bolstering their batting depth.

Coulter-Nile's role in the Big Bash was to bowl in the middle overs - earning him the decent economy rate of seven runs an over - while Nathan Rimmington and Ben Edmondson took the unenviable task of starting and finishing the innings.

The West Australian

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