It has been a fast rise for the Tasmania and Hobart Hurricanes fast along with his BBL coach seeing extra to come
Griffith, who’s working as an assistant coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore, vividly remembers the dialog with Ellis as Tasmania and Hobart Hurricanes head coach. There had been no guarantees given, simply a chance to practice with Tasmania. That dialog has lead Ellis from membership cricket to the world’s premier T20 event in simply 24 months.
“I’m just really happy for Nathan. He works as hard as anyone,” Griffith informed ESPNcricinfo. “If he gets an opportunity, I think he can do a great job over here [in the UAE]. They are different conditions, and they change through the tournament as well because there’s going to be a lot of cricket played on those wickets in the IPL and then into the World Cup.
“So what that can carry into play is the opposite elements of his sport, his slower balls, his change-ups, his cutters. But in the end yorker is an effective yorker. And him being the peak he’s, he can truly get beneath a batter’s swing a little bit bit higher. His margin for error is fractionally greater than what a tall man is. His sport will swimsuit the situations very well.”
Ellis is not a like-for-like replacement for either man. He has carved a niche in Australian domestic cricket as a death overs specialist. Partly, Griffith explains, due to his hunger to bowl the tough overs.
“He needs them,” Griffith said. “And that is half the battle. If you need to be dying bowler you’ve got received to need to bowl at the dying. He needs that ball in his palms. He needs to assist the staff win the sport. It’s not about him. It’s not about him exhibiting how good he’s. He needs to do a job for the ten different blokes who’re on the market and once more that is an amazing attribute to have.
“When he tries to bowl a yorker, he’ll get hit but he knows that he’s got the ability to come back next ball and run in and execute that yorker. He doesn’t run away. He’s not scared. He backs himself in at all times. And that’s one of the keys to his success, that he keeps backing himself.”
Griffith additionally believes his variations can be helpful within the UAE, significantly his back-of-the-hand slower ball that he has developed over the past couple of years.
“He’s got that ability with his shoulder, to be able to flick that hand right around,” he mentioned. “Not all bowlers can do that. He’s got that flexibility to be able to do that so that’s a big part of his slower ball. The seam still comes out straight. He just keeps working on it. He runs in at a million miles an hour and that doesn’t change which is a big part of it as well. He doesn’t slow his action down to bowl it. If anything he actually puts more energy and effort in. But again, he misses one, that’s okay, he’ll move onto the next one and run in and bowl it. And you’ve got to have that mindset to be able to do that at the top level.”
Ellis would not have the categorical tempo of Meredith and even Richardson, who’s the same peak. But Griffith believes the 26-year-old has extra tempo in him as he continues to get stronger. He was significantly impressed with what he noticed from Ellis at Tasmania’s pre-season coaching a fortnight in the past when he had simply come out of 14-day resort quarantine, the place the Australia gamers had been solely allowed out of their rooms to practice for 2 hours within the remaining seven days of the two-week stint.
“He actually looked like he was bowling a little bit faster,” Griffith mentioned. “It’s an energy and effort thing with him, but he’s got a great release. He can get 140kph. I think he’s got 145 in him at times to go along with all the skills he’s got. It’s a pretty good package.”
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo