Big Bash League star D’Arcy Short does not intend to give the opening slot up for seasoned campaigner Aaron Finch in the Australian line-up.
Short was rewarded with a place in the Australian squad in the ongoing Gillette Trans-Tasman Tri-Nation series on the back of being the leading run-scorer in the recently-concluded Big Bash League.
Finch, who missed out of the first two matches for Australia in the tournament due to injury, made his case stronger with his five-ball 20 in the 3rd game of the series against England. Australia already booked their berth into the finals after winning all three games in the T20 tournament.
“I didn’t know what to expect, but I think they wanted to keep me opening because I’d done so well in the Big Bash and throwing me down the order might have changed that. I was definitely a little surprised given how well they (Finch and Warner) have done at the top,” quoted D’Arcy Short according to cricket.co.au.
Short, after failing in the first outing of the series, smashed a 20-ball 30 and a 33-ball 36* against England in the successive matches. In the 3rd game, he finished the job for his side coming along with his competitor for the top slot Finch, who took the guard at three-down.
“(But) I think I’m suited there. That’s where I like to bat and hopefully, I can stay there.” continued Short. “He probably learnt a lot from playing a different role think there were some really good learnings for him, he performed brilliantly,” said Brendon McCullum on Aaron Finch while captaining him during the 2016 edition of IPL for the Gujarat Lions.
The left-hander amassed as many as 572 runs in Australia’s premier T20 league and also held the record for being the top-scorer with his 122* against the Brisbane Heat. But still, the explosive southpaw has his reservations regarding playing spin.
“I go at a run-a-ball against spin – I don’t see what the problem is there. But I’ll obviously keep trying to work at it … to get my strike rate up against (spin) would be good. I’m happy with where it’s at at the moment though,” concluded D’Arcy Short.