Andrew Ellis has had a career largely affected by injury, but a strong work ethic and incredible determination has made sure he has experienced many successes over the years.
The 31 year-old’s main role is being an efficient right-arm medium-fast bowler, but he has also proved himself to be a more than competent middle-order batsmen.
Ellis originally made his debut for the Canterbury Wizards during the 2002/03 season. Despite his obvious talent, he would spend the next few years in and out of the team as he battled five stress fractures in his back.
Determined not to be beaten by his body, Ellis had an operation in 2010 and the benefits were apparent almost immediately.
Ellis had a fantastic 2010 for the Wizards, being effective not only with the ball, but also the bat as he scored his maiden first-class century.
The 2011/12 season once again proved to be a good one for Ellis, who was enjoying being able to play back-to-back seasons. He finished with the top strike-rate in the HRV Cup competition – a testament to his power with the bat.
His constant improvement led to a call up for the BLACKCAPS ODI and Twenty20 squads in 2012. It didn’t take long for him to show he was capable of handling the international scene and received a call up to the Test squad to take on South Africa.
He is now a regular member in both of the shorter format squads.
There’s little doubt that with the attitude that he possesses and the pride with which he wears the silver fern, you can expect Ellis to continue to make appearances for the BLACKCAPS.