Hobart Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short remains hopeful his elite Big Bash form will help him secure a return to the national one-day line-up before this year’s 50-over World Cup in the UK.
The big-hitting left-hander has been crucial to the Hurricanes’ ladder-leading form and is on track to finish as the BBL’s top run-scorer for the second year running after compiling 335 runs at an average of 59.17 in his seven games to date.
The Western Australian scored a run-a-ball 34 in a big win over Perth Scorchers in Launceston late last year, and is confident of producing more of the same in the corresponding fixture in Perth on Friday night.
Short said hitting big runs was the best answer to his absence from Australia’s one-day series against India, which wraps up in Melbourne on Friday.
“It’s a dream of mine and I’ll keep working towards being in that World Cup side,” Short said.
“All I can do is keep scoring runs and hopefully I can get back into it – I feel like I’ve set a good base here now and hopefully that holds me in good stead to get back in.
“I think runs count in any format really whether it’s T20 or one-day cricket, so it definitely helps your cause if you want to be in the World Cup.”
Short, who opened for Clarence in a Cricket Tasmania Premier League T20 match last Friday night, said he would be open to batting down the order should that help secure his spot on the plane to England in May.
“I don’t mind that, I can bat anywhere, I bat at seven for WA in one-day cricket,” the 28-year-old said.
“Batting down the order won’t bother me - and if I’m bowling as well I can always help out.
“My confidence is getting higher every time I bowl spin so it’s definitely something that can help me.”