D’Arcy Short out of Western Australia’s JLT One-Day Cup opener after dog bite
D'Arcy Short made his ODI and T20I debuts this year. @Getty

Australia batsman D’Arcy Short will play no role in Western Australia’s JLT One-Day Cup opening match against New South Wales after being bitten by his pet dog.

The unusual circumstance that Short, who has featured in three ODIs and 10 T20Is for Australia this year, finds himself comes after he was bitten on the hand by his dog, Ralph.

“D’Arcy had an unlucky incident two weeks ago while playing with his dog, where his hand got in the way of a dog toy and the bite caused a deep laceration to the palm of his hand,” WACA sports science manager Nick Jones was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “He needed a few stitches and surgical washout but has returned to batting and catching balls this week, and is on track for selection in round two.”

Western Australia have suffered a further setback with news that skipper Peter Nevill has a broken thumb after being struck on the hand during nets at the WACA.

“It’s obviously very disappointing to break your thumb,” Nevill said. “But we are confident there is no surgery required, it should heal well, and I am hoping to be back for the start of the Sheffield Shield season. I want to be around the group, we have worked very hard to be in a good position. I’ll be hanging around in Perth for the first few games to help out in any way I can, and hopefully watch the boys have a successful couple of games here.”