Bowling to boost Short's selection chances

D’Arcy Short, who was the leading run-scorer in the recently-concluded BBL, hoped that all the hard work he has put to improve his spin bowling skills will push his claims to win a place in the Australian side during the upcoming limited overs series versus India.

Short, who bowls left arm chinaman, plucked 10 scalps alongside accumulating more than 600 runs for Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL 2018-19. “If I can give two or three overs, or even four or five in one-day cricket, then it’s always going to help my selection in the end, and hopefully, it goes in my favour,” Short said, after Australia’s training session in Hyderabad.

Short has been trying to fine-tune his bowling skills with the help of Australia’s spin bowling coach, S Sriram. “Just keep things simple and keep momentum going forward and energy going through the crease,” Short said when asked about the valuable insights he has received from Sriram. “I’ve been working on them, and hopefully it pays off in the middle.”

Sriram, on his part, noted that Short has “come a long way” as a bowler and added that consistency of length is the key factor to succeed at the highest level. “We’ve seen in the Big Bash – he’s bowled a lot more than in previous years, which I think is a very good sign. He’s come a long way. One of the main things we talked about was aligning his technique, and then consistency of length. In international cricket, it goes without saying – consistency of length is very, very important. If he can do that and spin the ball both ways, which he does when he’s bowling at his best, I think he offers a lot to the team along with his batting.”

Short, who has aggregated close to 600 runs in his brief limited overs career so far, also received a thumbs up from the legendary Australian cricketer, Shane Warne. “I’ve worked closely with him for about a month or so on his bowling. I really do believe his bowling is underrated. I think he keeps getting told he is a part timer and that everyone can whack him around the place. I think his bowling is excellent,” the former legspinner was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.

Short was picked as a cover for Shaun Marsh. The southpaw batsman will remain with his wife for the birth of his second child and is set to be available for the third ODI in Ranchi on 8 March. Australia will commence their limited overs leg with two-match T20I series followed by the five-game ODI rubber.

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