D’Arcy Short wants to keep performing whenever he gets the opportunity
He is currently in the UAE to play in the three-match T20I against Pakistan.
Updated - Oct 24, 2018 6:31 pm
D’Arcy Short is in the form of his life. After slamming 257 in a recent List A game for Western Australia against Queensland recently, the dashing opener is back in international cricket and slammed an unbeaten 68 off 53 balls against the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on Monday to give his side a seven-wicket win. The Kangaroos will be banking on his power-propelled batting in the three-match T20I series against Pakistan starting Wednesday.
Like a number of other batsmen, one would also hope that Short is also looking to cement his place in the Test side, especially when Australia are struggling to find apt replacements for Steve Smith and David Warner who are currently serving bans, but the Western Australian batsman is not rushing although he knows that the places are up for grabs.
Short averages 41.50 in three ODIs he has played so far and 49.44 in 11 T20Is with an impressive strike rate of 131.26 in the shortest format. He also has a good average and strike-rate in List A games and they all add up to a good applicant in the batsman to meet challenges that Australia’s dented batting order is facing at the moment.
Short’s first-class average yet not high
Short’s only shortcoming could be his ordinary average of below 24 in nine first-class games that he has played. To be considered for the Test squad, the hard-hitter might have to display more mettle in the longer format. But Short can take solace from the Aaron Finch‘s case who eventually made his Test debut against Pakistan recently, a good seven years after playing his first international match.
“All I can do is score runs in white-ball cricket and whatever comes from that, I’ll be happy to take it. I just try to back myself and don’t really think about what I’m averaging. It’s all about being consistent for me and if I’m consistent with what I’m bringing, hopefully, I’m scoring runs,” D’Arcy Short was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying.