There was a scary moment at the Gabba on Monday when Victoria batsman Matthew Short suffered a scary injury while facing Billy Stanlake of Queensland. The right-arm pacer, who stands at a staggering 204cm, hit Matthew Short on his chest with a brutal bouncer.
The incident took place in the 22nd over of Victoria’s innings. Billy Stanlake bowled back of a good length and Matthew Short tried to evade the delivery by ducking. However, he failed to read the length of the ball correctly and by the time he could realise his mistake, it was too late.
Matthew Short unfortunately ducked into the ball’s trajectory and was struck on his chest. The ball considerably seamed in towards the batsman and was pretty much reminiscent of Jofra Archer’s infamous delivery to Steve Smith during the 2019 Ashes series.
It was a scary sun as captain Peter Handscomb immediately called for medics from the non-striker’s end. The game came to halt for a brief period of time as players checked on Matthew Short while the medics also came rushing in. After consulting the medics, Matthew Short was able to continue his innings. The right-handed batsman, who was on 12 when he suffered the injury, reached 98 before he was trapped LBW by pace bowler Xavier Bartlett.
Here is a clip of that incident:
Not the kind of delivery ANYONE wants to face!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 24, 2020
As far as the game is concerned, Victoria dominated the proceedings on day one on Monday. Batting first, Victoria Men posted a huge total of 330/9 on the board before declaring. Seb Gotch starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 102 off 162 balls while Short fell two short of a well-deserved century. For Queensland, Xavier Bartlett was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 5 for 85.