T20 Blast 2019: Australia’s D’Arcy Short signs up with Durham for the tournament
D’Arcy Short was named the Player of the Tournament of BBL|08 with 637 runs at 53.08.
Updated - Mar 8, 2019 2:55 pm
Australia’s destructive opener D’Arcy Short, who has set the Big Bash League T20 competition in Australia on fire with his amazing batting, has signed up with English county Durham and will play in the upcoming 2019 T20 Blast in England. D’Arcy Short’s exclusion from the Australian squad for the Indian limited overs tour came as a surprise to many, given his exploits for Australia and for the Hobart Hurricanes. Short has played four ODIs and 20 T20Is for Australia and has 83 and 592 runs respectively in both formats. He has four half-centuries in the T20Is with the best score of 76.
T20 Blast in England
The 2019 edition of the T20 Blast is the second edition of the domestic T20 league run by ECB in England. It sees 18 First-Class county teams divided into two divisions of nine teams each and matches will be played on between July and September. The tournament is scheduled to begin on 18th July 2019, after the conclusion of the ICC World Cup 2019 and will see the finals of the tournament being played on September 21 at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.
D’Arcy Short on playing the tournament
D’Arcy Short is ranked at the eight position in the ICC T20I rankings thanks to his exploits and in good news to Durham, will be available for the whole tournament. Also playing with Short in the Blast will be Short’s Australian teammate Cameron Bancroft.
Shorts was excited to be playing in England and was quoted saying, “Playing in England is something I have wanted to do for a while. It’s very much a new experience for me and a challenge to play on some different grounds, wickets, pitches and against some new bowlers.”
D’Arcy Short was named the Player of the Tournament of BBL|08 with 637 runs at 53.08, at a strike-rate of 140.61, though his team Hobart Hurricanes fell short of the title, losing to Melbourne Renegades. In 20 T20Is for Australia, Short averages 32.88 and has a strike-rate of 120.81.