Young pace­man has shot at the big time

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - ADAM SMITH

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.

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