The Hurricanes, along with the Melbourne Stars, have not won a BBL title since the competition began in 2011. However, they have been consistent performers, finishing as runners-up twice and never placing last. The Adelaide Strikers are the only other team to have avoided finishing last.
New captain Ellis is determined to lead the Hurricanes to a title. He has been a trusted spearhead for the team for the past five seasons and is looking forward to bringing some silverware home to Tasmania.
Ellis takes over the captaincy from Wade, who has signed a contract extension with the Hurricanes. Wade will captain Australia during the T20I series against India, while Ellis is also part of the squad.
Ellis has impressed in T20Is with 18 wickets at an average of 11.88 from eight games. His death bowling prowess makes him an intriguing option for the T20 World Cup, although he has not found the same success in 50-over cricket.
According to Hurricanes head coach Jeff Vaughan, Ellis embodies the team’s values and will be a great leader.
The Hurricanes’ season will start on December 11 against the Sydney Sixers in Launceston.