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Hobart Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short’s name is spreading like wildfire throughout the cricketing community due to his sensational performances in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).
On Wednesday, the 27-year-old made history by smashing a superb 122 not out against the Brisbane Heat, which is now the highest score in the history of the BBL. Prior to that knock, he had scored 97, 96 and 42.
While many players and pundits have predicted that a call-up to Australia’s Twenty20 squad is not far away, the Katherine native is refusing to get his hopes high.
However, should he receive a call from the national selectors, Short insisted that he will be ready for the challenges of international cricket.
“If it happens, it happens. I’m not going to get my hopes up too much,” he was quoted as saying by foxsports.com.au. “There’s definitely not (a better time); I’d definitely be nervous but I’d be ecstatic.”
Even Hurricanes captain George Bailey has been highly impressed with Short’s breakout season, and said that chief Twenty20 selector Mark Waugh gave off the same vibe.
“I think that is probably pretty self explanatory, with two 90s and a 100,” Bailey said. “I’ve already spoken to Jun. (chief Australian T20 selector Mark Waugh) a lot about D’Arcy — he’s a big fan.”
Meanwhile, Short revealed how Western Australia coach Justin Langer challenged him to shed the pounds and take his cricket more seriously when he first arrived on the Australian cricket scene in his early 20s.
“Being more professional, watching what I eat, training a bit harder and putting a bit more intent into what I do,” Short said when asked to explain the transformation that helped him drop 15kg,” he said. “Now I just try and keep still, watch the ball hard and not try to hit it too hard.”