The Hurricanes, along with the Melbourne Stars, are the only two franchises to have failed to win a BBL title since the inception of the T20 competition in 2011 despite being consistent performers. They have finished second twice and never finished last – the Adelaide Strikers are the only other team to avoid the wooden spoon.
But new captain Ellis is hoping to lead the Hurricanes to a drought-breaking title. Ellis, 29, re-signed with the Hurricanes earlier this year and over the past five seasons has been a reliable spearhead alongside speedster Riley Meredith.
“The Hurricanes are a franchise that is very dear to my heart and has done a lot for me,” Ellis said. “So to get the opportunity to drive and hopefully bring some silverware to Tasmania is really exciting.”
He takes over the reins from Wade, who was linked in the off-season with a move to the Melbourne Renegades before signing a contract extension until at least 2026.
Wade will lead Australia during the five-match T20I series against India following the 2023 ODI World Cup. Ellis is also part of the squad that includes several players on the fringes of the Australian white-ball squads.
His bowling prowess, deceiving Ellis with slow deliveries, makes him an interesting option as he eyes the T20 World Cup next year. Ellis, who is not part of Australia’s ODI World Cup squad, has not been able to achieve the same success in 50-over cricket with ten wickets at 38.20 from eight matches.
“He embodies everything the Hurricanes stand for; great work ethic, resilience and a great attitude toward the game and his teammates,” Hurricanes head coach Jeff Vaughan said.
The Hurricanes begin their season on December 11 against the Sydney Sixers in Launceston.