A “fired up” Nathan Coulter-Nile says he’s desperate to prove WA wrong after they opted not to renew his contract.
Coulter-Nile, the team’s leading wicket-taker in their victorious Marsh One-Day Cup campaign last season, said that while he understood WA were making changes in a bid to end a 21-year Sheffield Shield title drought he did not agree with the decision.
“I’d love to face WA, I’d definitely be fired up for it,” the 32-year-old told the Cricket Australia website.
“I know the boys had nothing to do with the decision, and a few of them openly said they were disappointed with it, but any chance I get to prove the decision-makers wrong, I’d definitely take that opportunity.
“I understand where they’re coming from. They want to win a Shield title and that’s the way they thought they needed to go do it.
“I don’t agree with it.”
The decision not to renew Coulter-Nile’s contract was a controversial move.
WA coach Adam Voges said the club had an eye to the future.
“We sat down at the back end of last year and felt that our depth in shield cricket wasn’t quite there and that we needed to boost our spin stocks as well,” Voges said.
“A holistic look at the squad and being able to compete in all forms of the game was what we were looking for.
“Our white-ball form has been terrific for a period of time now and we all understand about the struggles that we’ve had in four-day cricket.
“It meant that we had to make some really tough calls on some guys who have represented West Australia for a long period of time and done really well, but we think we’ve been able to strike that balance.”
Coulter-Nile, who played for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League last season, is set to play local cricket in WA as he seeks an interstate deal.