Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne back D’Arcy Short to open for Australia in ODIs
In the recently concluded Big Bash League, D'Arcy Short ended up as the highest run-getter in the tournament.
Updated - Mar 4, 2019 10:14 am
India registered a splendid six-wicket victory over the Aussies as the One Day International series kicked off at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Saturday. After a shaky start, the visitors managed to post a total of 236/7 in their quota of 50 overs. As for the Men in Blue, they were in a spot of bother at 99/4. That’s when an unbeaten partnership of 141 runs between Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni sealed the run chase in India’s favour.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan wasn’t quite satisfied with the absence of power-hitting opener D’Arcy Short in the Australian batting line-up. Earlier even former Aussie cricketer Shane Warne expressed his displeasure over the opener’s absence. The spin wizard endorsed Vaughan’s opinion on Twitter and vouched for his inclusion in the ODI squad.
Warne felt that Short’s presence at the top of the order will certainly make the difference for the Men in Yellow. He also pointed out that the wrist-spinning option of the left-armer is an X-factor for the team. “Couldn’t agree more ! His batting is dynamite at the top of the order and he’s in great form plus his bowling could be an X factor ! Has to play ahead of a few in that team surely!” his tweet read.
Here’s his tweet:
Couldn’t agree more ! His batting is dynamite at the top of the order and he’s in great form plus his bowling could be an X factor ! Has to play ahead of a few in that team surely ! https://t.co/h4Or0TGQfT
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 3, 2019
Short’s good run with the willow
In the recently concluded Big Bash League, D’Arcy Short ended up as the highest run-getter in the tournament for the second consecutive time. Representing the Hobart Hurricanes, the 28-year-old plundered 637 runs at a scintillating average of 53.08. Hailing from Katherine, the left-handed batsman was also a part of the T20I squad against India.
His quickfire innings of 40(28) at the top order laid the foundation for Australia’s successful run chase in the second game. Also with skipper Aaron Finch struggling to regain his touch with the bat, D’Arcy’s inclusion will allow him to bat lower down the order and ease the pressure. A lot of changes are also expected once David Warner and Steve Smith are back in the mix.