Nathan Ellis, a fast bowler, has been named the new captain of the Hobart Hurricanes, following Matthew Wade. Ellis, 29, provides a fresh perspective and a passion to lead the Hurricanes to victory as they seek to end their BBL title drought. They are in for the win this time.
Ellis, as a player
Nathan Ellis, best known for his hat-trick against Bangladesh in his international debut in August 2021, has emerged as a T20I force. Ellis has demonstrated his death bowling skills in eight games, taking 18 wickets at an average of 11.88 and deceiving batters with deceiving, slower deliveries. His outstanding achievements make him an essential asset for Australia as they prepare for the T20 World Cup next year.
A turning point for the Hurricanes?
The change in leadership is a turning point for the Hobart Hurricanes, who have been regular participants in the BBL but have failed to win a title since the competition’s start in 2011. Ellis succeeds Matthew Wade as captain, who has extended his contract with the Hurricanes until at least 2026 amid off-season rumors of a transfer to the Melbourne Renegades.
Ellis expressed joy about the new job and stressed his connection to the Hurricanes franchise. The fast bowler, who has been an integral part of the squad for the previous five seasons, hopes to lead the Hurricanes to their first BBL title.
While Wade isn’t the skipper anymore, he plays an essential role for the Hurricanes. Wade will captain Australia in the five-match T20I series against India following the completion of the 2023 ODI World Cup. Ellis, a squad member, will compete against other players on the outskirts of Australia’s white-ball squads.
Coach’s perspective – Concluding remarks
Hurricanes head coach Jeff Vaughan praised Ellis’ leadership, citing the bowler’s hard ethic, perseverance, and positive approach toward the game and teammates. Ellis’ embrace of the Hurricanes’ beliefs makes him an obvious choice to lead the squad this season.
The Hobart Hurricanes will kick off their season on December 11 against the Sydney Sixers in Launceston. As Nathan Ellis takes over, the Hurricanes hope to establish a name for themselves and win the coveted BBL title. The leadership shift sets the stage for the Hurricanes and their fans to embark on an exciting adventure.