UK import set to sizzle as Easts opening batsman this summer
HE MAY have only been here for a month, but Jordan Elliott is ready and raring to make the Clarence Valley his own.
Elliott is a talented opening batsman with loads of potential, and has escaped England for the Australian summer with a view to turning that potential into performance.
He admits he is still getting used to his temporary home, which is a long way from everything he is used to.
"It takes a bit of getting used to but I'm getting there," Elliott said.
"That pitch on the weekend was tough but I'm sure they'll only get faster and harder as the season goes on.
"I've only played for Elmstead and I've been with them since I was eight.
"I started in the junior system there and have played in the senior team for the last six or seven years."
Easts captain Doug Harris met the 19-year-old when they played for Elmstead together, and discussed Elliott making the trip to Australia to play.
"I coached him a bit there when he came up through the ranks," Harris said.
"He has a fair bit of natural ability and is a very elegant player to watch. Great technique and a really good head on his shoulders."
Harris has been one of the best bats in the GDSC Premier League for the last few seasons, and regularly features as one of the top-scorers on the Easts scorecard. He has taken on the captaincy this season, and sought Elliott out for a stint with his club.
"Jordan could be a big player," Harris said.
"He has already played against a few first class and Test cricketers and performed well against them. His game does need a bit more consistency. Once he gets that he'll be unstoppable."
Elliott has shown glimpses of his talent in his two knocks for Easts so far, scoring 45 and 25 in their first round loss to Brothers.
"Jordan brings solidarity to the team and gives us that enthusiasm at the top of the order," Harris said.
"As an opening batsman you need to score runs but you also need to blunt the opposition attack and he does that quite well. He's adjusted well so far.
"The heat might take a bit longer but other than that he's done well."