04/03/2024

Why Matt Short extended his stay in Adelaide. (Image: Adelaide Strikers BBL)

After taking home the Big Bash Player of the Tournament award, Matt Short has announced he will stay in Adelaide, extending with the Strikers for a further three seasons.

Matt Short had an outstanding season with the Adelaide Strikers in BBL|12, becoming the first player in club history to be named Player of the Tournament while recording 458 runs and 11 wickets.

Since the last season with the Strikers, Short was also given an IPL contract with the Punjab Kings, featuring in six matches.

Although Adelaide got his signature to stay for three more years, the negotiations were not straight-froward with Short admitting he was wanted elsewhere.

He fronted the media after the deal was announced.

“It was a bit of a challenge actually, I was in India for the majority of the conversations, I’d be lying if I said there weren’t any other franchises chasing me,” Short said.

Matt Short always has good things to say about Adelaide, especially about the city itself and the club.

“I’ve loved my time here in Adelaide over the last five years now…it was a no-brainer to come back for three more years,” Short continued.

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Being able to play in front of the Blue Crew in Adelaide, Short enjoys the feeling of playing on their home ground with the added atmosphere that is palpable.

“I love playing out here in front of the crowd, Adelaide Oval has done me pretty well for the past couple of years and it’s something I look forward to,” he said.

“It is one of the best grounds to play at in the world, it’s an exciting place to play cricket and I just love how our fans get around us.”

Matt Short struggled in his first few seasons with the club, not standing out with tremendous performances and consistent play, as he has come to show in the past two seasons.

All Short wanted was a chance to prove himself at the top of the batting order, hoping he could become what he has been working to be as a cricket player.

“I’ve been here for five years now and (my performances have) been really up and down – with some poor years and then some better ones when I was given the opportunity at the top of the order.

“It’s paid off the last couple of years…to show a bit of loyalty was on top of the list,” Short stated.

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