Adelaide Strikers sign D'Arcy Short for BBL 2023-24

D'Arcy Short's move to Adelaide Strikers elevates their batting prowess as BBL13 promises thrilling action

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Adelaide Strikers have decided to bolster their formidable lineup by securing the services of the seasoned lefty batter D'Arcy Short from Hobart Hurricanes for two years. Short, the fourth-highest run-scorer in the history of the Big Bash, is set to join forces with fellow player Matt Short in the Strikers squad. The Strikers, under the coaching of the esteemed Jason Gillespie, might also include Chris Lynn in their setup, however, his signing remains pending.

Short's accomplishments are nothing short of impressive. Notably, he has won 'Player of the Tournament' in consecutive editions of the tournament (BBL 2017-18 and 2018-19). With multiple centuries in the T20 competition, Short has etched his name into an exclusive club of elite batters and stands shoulder to shoulder with esteemed cricketers such as Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, and Alex Carey.

Further, his left-arm wrist spin has proven to be a valuable asset for the Hurricanes, with a career-best performance of 5-21 against the Sydney Thunder in January 2020. Gillespie, excited about the acquisition, acknowledged that Short's prowess in T20 cricket, combined with his bowling ability, will add depth and strength to the Strikers' game.

"We're really excited that D'Arcy has decided to join the Strikers, he's a strong T20 player and brings that Australian experience too," Gillespie said as quoted by Cricket.com.au

Short, a seasoned international cricketer, has represented his country in 31 white-ball matches, comprising 23 T20Is and eight ODIs. His batting prowess is highlighted by five half-centuries and an average exceeding 30 in both formats.  Embracing the challenge ahead, Short eagerly anticipates joining the Adelaide Strikers.

'Adelaide Oval is such an incredible place to play cricket and I look forward to running out with my new teammates in front of big crowds – I can't wait to get going," Short said while speaking about the venue, where he boasts an impressive record of 277 runs from just six games at an average of 55.40 and a strike rate of 131.90.

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