Young paceman has shot at the big time
JUST months after contemplating returning home to NSW, the state’s newest white ball sensation finds himself firmly in the mix to feature in this summer’s BBL.
Nathan Ellis, who relocated south two years ago without a contract but desperate to prove his worth on the domestic stage, has landed a Big Bash deal with the Hurricanes following his breakthrough One Day Cup campaign.
The whippy fast bowler was Tasmania’s leading wicket taker in the tournament — and equal third overall — with 12 scalps at 22.5, including a match winning 5-38 against a star-studded Blues side which contained six members of Australia’s first Test team and another three former international representatives.
Now the 25-year-old has an opportunity to feature in one of the premier Twenty20 tournaments in the world.
“It doesn’t sound real at the moment … hopefully purple looks good on me,” Ellis said when asked how it feels to be a Big Bash player. “The last eight weeks feels a bit of a blur. It’s all happened so fast, going from sort of thinking about moving back home to training with the Tigers and getting a go out of nowhere really in the one day squad.”
Ellis said the performance against NSW put him on the radar of several Big Bash teams, but he was always hopeful of remaining in Hobart.
“It all happened really fast after the NSW game but the Hurricanes were the club I wanted to play with and thankfully they are the club I will playing at.
“If the opportunity arises I just want to grab it with both hands.”
Ellis rounds out the 18-man squad — barring the addition of another overseas import _ alongside spinner Clive Rose.
The left-arm spinner has played a key role in the past few seasons and despite having to wait until the eve of the tournament to secure another contract, he was not nervous about being passed up for the summer.
“I was hoping I’d get one and I knew that if I was bowling well and I got my opportunities in the Marsh Cup then things would go my way,” Rose said.