Tasmanian fast bowler Nathan Ellis has decided to remain in his home state, penning a new two-year deal to stay at the Hobart Hurricanes until 2023.
BBL|11 will be Ellis’ fourth year with the Hurricanes, where he has cemented his spot as a mainstay in the bowling attack, coming off a strong BBL|10 campaign.
The 26-year-old played in all 14 matches, taking 20 wickets, and registering 110 dot balls for the tournament.
Ellis was rewarded for his terrific form being named as a travelling reserve for the Australian Men’s white ball tour to the West Indies and Bangladesh in July and August.
He made his T20I debut on the August 6 in Dhaka against Bangladesh, receiving Australia’s cap #98. It was a history making performance for Ellis who became the first male cricketer to take a hat trick on his T20 International debut and the fourth Australian cricketer to achieve a hat-trick in a T20 International (Brett Lee, Ashton Agar and Megan Schutt).
For his history making performance, Ellis was rewarded with a contract with the Punjab Kings for the re-start of the Indian Premier League, set to take place in September in the UAE.
He has also been named as a travelling reserve for the Australian Men’s 2021 T20 World Cup team also taking place in the UAE in mid-October.
Ellis admitted there was some interest from other teams, but he was always going to remain loyal to the Hurricanes.
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“I didn’t really entertain the thought of moving. I was really motivated to stay in Tassie and play for the Hurricanes and play under Griff (Hurricanes head coach Adam Griffith). We’ve got a good core group who’s played a fair bit of cricket together now,” Ellis said
General Manager of High Performance at Cricket Tasmania, Simon Insley said securing the signature of Ellis was a top priority.
“He has had a meteoric rise over the last number of years and it’s been good to lock Nathan away until 2023,” Insley said.
“Over the next coming weeks we’re looking to solidify the spine of the Hurricanes and Nathan is the first piece of that.”
With his recent performances, the expectation to now back those up does not seem to phase the Tasmanian native.
“The last six weeks has been quite a whirlwind, so I’m still taking it a day at a time,” Ellis said.
“I’ve been told by a lot of experienced and older heads that the game of cricket is a rollercoaster.
“So, I’m just trying to take it a day at a time and soak it up and enjoy it as much as I can whilst it’s going my way.”
Ellis is set to fly out to the UAE tomorrow where he will have to do six days of quarantine before joining the Punjab Kings for the IPL season.
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