Pakistan vs Australia, 1st T20I: D’Arcy Short targets sustained success
D'Arcy Short has scored four T20I fifties this year. @Getty

A possible Test call-up will not weigh on D Arcy Short s mind when he fronts up to Pakistan s bowlers during the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan on Wednesday, with the Australia batsman firmly focused on building on his impressive limited-overs numbers.

Short, who has featured in three ODIs and 11 T20Is, made an unbeaten 68 off 53 balls in Tuesday s T20I victory over UAE in Abu Dhabi, his fourth fifty in the format for Australia this year. This took his batting average in T20Is to nearly 50, and on the back of a double-century in the recently domestic one-day competition is stock has soared.

Shane Warne recently said that Short should be Aaron Finch s opening partner when Australia next play Tests against India in December, but the 28-year-old is not getting ahead of himself, given a first-class batting average of 23.58.

“There definitely is a lot of spots open I guess,” Short said. “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.”

In 2018, Short has recorded the highest score in Big Bash League history and the highest in Australian one-day history, a 148-ball 257 for Western Australia versus Queensland last month. Such innings gave him confidence as he targets a World Cup spot.

“It definitely does. But I guess international level is obviously a bit higher,” he said. “While it was good to score those runs, you’ve still got to do try and do it at this level as well.”