Lehmann defends Coulter-Nile selection


Australia coach Darren Lehmann defended the selection of Nathan Coulter-Nile, saying the paceman has "something special".

The Western Australian was surprisingly included in a 12-man squad for the first Test against West Indies starting in Hobart on December 10.

Coulter-Nile last played a Sheffield Shield match in March, leaving him underdone for the five-day format.

But Lehmann said the 28-year-old had shown enough in one-day internationals, in which he averages 26.50 with the ball.

"We think he has got something special, his one-day record for us has been exceptional," Lehmann told a news conference on Thursday.

"It's a tight call on a whole heap of bowlers around the country but that is the way we have decided to go."

Mitchell Starc's foot injury and Mitchell Johnson's retirement mean Josh Hazlewood is set to shoulder an enormous workload.

Lehmann said the 24-year-old would continue playing as long as he was fit to do so.

"Test cricket, we have always said we are trying to pick the best side day-in, day-out," he said.

"So if we rest him, if we had to do it in the one-dayers that might be a better option for us, but at the moment he's bowling well so we want to keep playing him."