On the back of an incredible 2022/23 Big Bash League season with the Adelaide Strikers, opening batter Matt Short is feeling positive about his chances of breaking into the Australian side.
2022 was a difficult year for Australia’s T20 side, failing to make the finals setup despite being the host nation of the T20 World Cup. Instead, it was forced to watch on as bitter rivals England claimed the World Cup.
With change beginning to sweep through Australia’s short-form sides, including the retirement of Aaron Finch, spots are opening up, particularly in the batting aspect. Matt Short has put his name at the forefront of the selectors’ minds, being named the Player of the Tournament for BBL|12.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday morning, Short reflected on how excited the current media speculation around a potential Australian selection makes him.
“Over the last couple of years, maybe I have missed the boat, or my performances haven’t been where I’d like them to be,” Short said.
“Obviously, the more talk about it now makes me pretty excited if it was to come, it would mean a lot.
“If you are scoring runs or playing well at the right time, the opportunities will come.
“I had a point a couple of years ago I wasn’t performing that well, and I thought playing for Australia might have been out of reach.”
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Short’s 2022/23 campaign was nothing short of incredible, winning the ‘Golden Cap’ as the tournament’s highest run-scorer, as well as chipping in with 11 wickets, having a knack for taking wickets early in the innings.
Short posted 458 runs with a strike rate of 144.47, which included some breathtaking innings, none more than his 100 unbeaten against the Hobart Hurricanes.
The Strikers star says he will take a lot of confidence from his BBL|12 campaign and look to use it against the best players the cricketing world has to offer.
“I’ve thought for a while now, growing up and then playing against touring teams where I’ve done well that I could match it with those guys,” Short said.
“Now it’s just about the exposure and getting my foot in the door with domestic competitions around the world.
“England’s summer is coming up and hopefully I can get a couple of opportunities over there to keep throwing my name out there, and keep playing cricket at high levels.”
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