D’arcy Short, Australian swashbuckling batsman, has admitted that the pressure of expectations has bogged him down in the past, leading to underwhelming performances whenever he has played for the national team.
Short, who averages 30.14 and 32.88 in 8 ODIs and 20 T20Is that he played for Australia admits that he hasn’t done his reputation any good by not making optimum use of his chances, but he still backs himself as far as succeeding in red-ball cricket is concerned.
“I don’t think it’s an unfair view, it’s just what people have seen. I definitely back myself in red-ball cricket as well. I just haven’t taken my opportunities as well as I could have or should have in the games that I’ve played,” D’Arcy Short told cricket.com.au.
“The pressure of wanting to do well and keep my spot plays on my mind a bit as well. I know I can do it, it’s just about putting it together in a game,” he added.
“I’ve probably tried to change things too much”- D’Arcy Short
D’arcy Short averages 26.16 in the 14 First-Class games that he has played for Western Australia in Shield cricket but he reckons that the half-century he scored against Australian fast bowlers against New South Wales, where he batted for 164 balls, has given him a lot of confidence.
“I think I slowly proved that last year. Against NSW, I opened the batting against a Test attack and got fifty and batted for a fair amount of time (164 balls). I got a fair bit of confidence out of that. It’s just about putting a big score on the board when I get a chance.” Short said.
The Western Australia batsman, who has two T20 hundreds to his name, said that trusting his skills as a batsman is the key to breaking the red-ball code.
“I’ve probably tried to change things too much (in the past) instead of just keeping it simple like I do in the white-ball game,” D’Arcy said.
“It’s just the little things; knowing which balls to play at, being decisive in my shot selection, and making sure I’m getting my hands through the ball. It’s something that I’ve been working on in the pre-season, my red-ball cricket. (I’m) trying to show that I can do it and trying to get my opportunities when I am available.” he added.