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IPL 2021: Punjab Kings ropes in Nathan Ellis as replacement for Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith

Nathan Ellis is an Australian pacer who would be playing for Punjab Kings in the 2021 Indian Premier League. He comes in as a likely replacement for Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith.

IPL 2021: Punjab Kings ropes in Nathan Ellis as replacement for Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith-ayh
Chandigarh, First Published Aug 21, 2021, 12:31 PM IST

Punjab Kings has roped in Australian pacer Nathan Ellis as a cover for Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith in the Indian Premier League 2021, the franchise announced on Friday. The tournament is set to resume in the United Arab Emirates from September 19.

According to ESPNCricinfo, three of the sides were in the running for Ellis's services. Meanwhile, Richardson and Meredith have joined fellow Australian pacer Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders), who too is likely to miss out.

This year, Ellis made his debut for Australia in the Twenty20 Internationals, claiming a hat-trick in his first game against Bangladesh. So far, he has played a couple of T20Is, claiming five wickets at an economy of 6.25.

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He has managed to catch the attention of the national selectors and is also one of the reserve players for Australia in the upcoming ICC World T20. He has also had a fine T20 career, claiming 38 wickets from 33 at 8.03, while he would be making his IPL debut, having played for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.

As of now, PBKS has been shaky in IPL 2021, winning just three of its eight games and is lurking at sixth place in the table. KL Rahul and co need to pull up their ante to stand a chance to make it to the playoffs hereon.

Meanwhile, in another update, fellow Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood is all set to return to Chennai Super Kings after missing out on the opening leg. It is understood that Cricket Australia has had discussions with the pacer that the tournament would serve as a perfect preparation for the WT20, set to take place in the gulf itself.

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