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D'Arcy Short says he is best suited to opening role in Australia T20 side

11 February 2018 5:45 AM
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Batting sensation D'Arcy Short insists he is best suited to an opening role in Australia's reborn Twenty20 side, meaning Aaron Finch may have to adjust to a new spot.

Australia's plans to emerge as a Twenty20 force have begun to take shape, even without frontline stars such as skipper Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, who have been rested ahead of the Test tour of South Africa.

Under David Warner's captaincy and with batting great Ricky Ponting, now an assistant coach, urging an attacking style of play, the Australians are unbeaten through the opening three matches of the tri-series against England and New Zealand and are assured of a spot in the final at Eden Park in Auckland on February 21.

Warner is the only established Test star who would also be in the T20 line up to take to the field in this series, giving other players the chance to build on their strong form in the Big Bash League and forge an international career. One man doing that is Short, the Hobart Hurricanes' left-hander who has broken into the T20 side on the back of being the BBL's player of the tournament.

Short has opened the batting in the three T20 internationals, his latest knock a relatively composed and unbeaten 36 off 33 balls at the MCG on Saturday, although there were three boundaries and a six.


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