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Nathan Coulter-Nile

Although primarily a fast bowler, Nathan Coulter-Nile earned a call-up to Australia's Champions Trophy squad in 2013 through his all-round talents as much as his work with the ball.

 

Described by the national selector John Inverarity as "one of the three or four best fieldsmen in Australia", Coulter-Nile is an energetic presence on the field and adds explosive lower-order hitting to any side for which he plays.

 

During the 2012-13 BBL, he struck one of the biggest sixes ever seen at the Gabba, during an innings of 23 from six balls that drove his team the Perth Scorchers to victory.

 

But his main job is as a right-arm fast-medium bowler. Coulter-Nile can get the ball to kick off a good length and finished second on the Ryobi Cup wicket tally in 2012-13 with 16 victims at 23.18.

 

He also collected 26 Sheffield Shield wickets and won the Laurie Sawle Medal as Western Australia's Player of the Year. It was a breakthrough season for Coulter-Nile, who made his Twenty20 international debut in February and was sold to Mumbai Indians for $450,000 at the IPL auction the same month.

 

A former Australia Under-19s representative, Coulter-Nile has been a promising presence at state level since making his debut for Western Australia in late 2009.

 

Steve Hooker

Aussie pole vault sensation, Steve Hooker, is the first Australian man to ever hold both the Olympic and world titles concurrently. One of the stars of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Hooker became the first Australian field athlete to win Olympic gold in 60 years, the first Australian male track & field gold medallist since 1968 and the first Australian athletics Olympic champion since Cathy Freeman in 2000.

 

Hooker’s win in Beijing was also the first for an Australian in that event. In dramatic circumstances, Hooker twice cleared clutch jumps on his third attempt in the final, before clinching the gold medal with yet another third attempt clearance at 5.90m.

 

With the gold medal secured he went on to break the Olympic record with another third and final attempt heart-stopper at 5.96m.

 

The tall Western Australian has continued his phenomenal run in 2009 by defeating world class fields in New York, Boston, Paris, the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Stockholm, Sydney and Melbourne before claiming gold in the IAAF World Championships in Berlin.

 

That win was even more significant considering Hooker courageously battled injury right up until he leapt for gold after tearing his thigh muscle in training12 days prior to the final.

 

Hooker, who is the Australian ‘Flame’ track & field team captain, also became pole vaulting history’s second highest jumper with his 6.06m

National record in Boston in 2009.