New Zealand All-Rounder Andrew Ellis Calls Time on 18-Year Cricket Career
New Zealand all-rounder Andrew Ellis has finally put an end to his 18-year-old cricketing career. The 37-year-old represented the national cricket team in 15 One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals. The Christchurch-born all-rounder hardly showcased his mettle in his brief stint at the highest level of the game, scoring just 154 runs in ODIs and 25 runs in T20Is
Ellis’s all-round exploits for Canterbury at the domestic level is well documented. His impressive all-round show earned him a well-deserved call-up against the visiting Zimbabweans during the 2011-12 season where he made his ODI debut in Dunedin. He scored 33 in his maiden innings but unfortunately for him, that was his career-best score.
Since then he didn’t quite live up to the reputation as he passed 20 runs only twice later on and a series of failures coupled with the emergence of talents like Corey Anderson and James Neesham, ended his career. Andrew Ellis made 106 first-class appearances for Canterbury, where he garnered 5221 runs and picked up 249 wickets to his name.
Elly has been the heart and soul of Canterbury: Cole McConhie
Speaking on behalf of Andrew Ellis, Canterbury captain Cole McConhie said Ellis was an utmost professional in the team and his legacy will remain.
“Elly has been the heart and soul of the team for a long time. I remember coming into the side and he really took me and the other young players under his wing. He was the utmost professional and his legacy here at Canterbury will stand the test of time. He has a massive heart and has been a great all-rounder for us for years. He’ll be very much missed around the group. I just want to, on behalf of the whole Canterbury side, wish Elly the very best of time in life after cricket,” Canterbury captain was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
In a career spanning over ten years in domestic cricket, Andrew Ellis was the only player to have played over 100 games in each format – 106 first-class, 133 List A and 127 T20s. But, his career was marred by infamous injuries. As per a report in ESPN Cricinfo, he picked up five stress fractures to his lower back. Finally, a surgery in April 2010 helped him make the cut into the New Zealand national cricket team but his stay was shortlived.
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