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    Australian bowler Nathan Ellis takes hat-trick on debut against Bangladesh

    Debutant Nathan Ellis took a hat-trick but Australia was beaten by 10 runs by Bangladesh in the third Twenty20.

    Ellis, a death bowling specialist for the Hobart Hurricanes, was originally only in the squad as a reserve.

    He was picked after an injury to Riley Meredith and dismissed Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman in Bangladesh’s 127-9 in Dhaka.

    Australia was kept to 117-4 meaning they trail 3-0 in the five-match series – their fifth series loss in a row.

    Nathan Ellis

    Ellis, 26, is the first bowler to take a hat-trick on debut in a men’s T20 international.

    Ellis only made his Tasmania debut in 2019, after moving from New South Wales has struggled to break into the professional game.

    He worked as a labourer in Hobart while playing club cricket before breaking into the Tasmania first-team in 50-over and first-class cricket, plus the Hurricanes Twenty20 side.

    He took 20 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 22.30 in the 2020-21 Big Bash.

    Source – BBC

    In Other News – UK Athletics’ head coach defends Tokyo performance

    The UK Athletics head coach, Christian Malcolm, has defended his team’s performance at the Tokyo Olympics after they failed to win a single gold medal for the first time since Atlanta in 1996.

    UK Athletics

    Malcolm, who took over last year, admitted there had been some “up and downs” in Japan, as the team fell just short of an informal medal target of seven to nine. However, he insisted Britain’s crop of young athletes would put things right for Paris in 2024. learn more

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