D’ Arcy Short targets BBL stint to get back among runs
D' Arcy Short was the leading run-getter in last BBL season. (Getty Image)

Despite not being among runs, Australia‘s D’ Arcy Short has admitted that he hasn’t been in the best of forms of late. The 28-year-old opener got his international career off to a fine start earlier this year when he debuted against New Zealand and has since played 18 T20Is and four ODIs with four half-centuries. However, after an unbeaten 68 against UAE in October, Short has experienced a bit of a dry run managing scores of 0, 0, 7, 14 and 33.

Short seems to have regained a bit of confidence having scored 74 for Cricket Australia XI against the Indians in the practice match at Sydney and is targeting the Big Bash League starting December 19. Last season, Short was the highest run-getter in the tournament with 572 runs in 11 innings for the Hobart Hurricanes.

“I definitely didn’t feel out of form. I was hitting them quite well in the nets and working quite hard on my game in the nets,” Short told reporters in Sydney. “It just wasn’t really working in the game. I sort of went OK in the last game, it was definitely a step in the right direction. I just have to keep working on what I’m working at. The next thing is to score runs in BBL and hopefully go from there.”

Having missed out of the three T20Is against India, Short will be keen to make amends during the ODIs in January. With the World Cup six months away, Short will try and push for his case for sealing in berth in Australia’s squad for world cricket’s pinnacle tournament. For now, the start has looked promising with Short and his opening partner Max Bryant putting over a 100-run stand for the opening wicket on Day 3 of the practice game against the Indians in Sydney.

“It was good to get some runs,” Short said. “It was so much fun batting with Max. Just the care-free attitude he has, it probably rubbed off on me a little bit. We just went about our business and had fun – and kept stirring each other a bit. There was no talk of reining it in.”