Since D’Arcy Short signed with the Adelaide Strikers at the start of August, he has been chomping to play in front of the Blue Army on the picturesque Adelaide Oval.
After seven BBL seasons with the Hobart Hurricanes, Short has been one of the most dominant batters in recent years and knew he needed a change.
The big hitter was far below his best last season, averaging just 17 with the bat, prompting a change of scenery.
“For me, it’s more just a fresh start at a different place, new coaches around me, new teammates around me. I was always happy and grateful for what the Hurricanes gave me, but I just needed a change and I think it’s for the better,” Short said.
After their first game was rained out without a ball bowled against the Brisbane Heat, the 33-year-old was eager to pull on the Strikers uniform for the first time.
“Not so much nervous [going into the game], I was just eager to play,” he said.
“I ended up going home for a couple of days after that first game just to chill out a bit and not hit too many balls before our next game. I was eager to get out there and play Big Bash cricket again.”
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The Territorian, alongside captain Matthew Short and BBL great Chris Lynn, presently form a dynamic top order that could take the game away from the opposition in a second.
In Short’s debut game against the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday night, the top order ignited and helped chase a total of 200 with two balls to spare.
D’Arcy Short contributed 66 off 47 balls, while opening partner and Strikers’ captain Matt Short made 82 off just 41 balls.
Short said he was excited to hopefully form a damaging partnership with his skipper in their quest for the title in BBL13 and that the two have connected well so far in their short time together at the Strikers.
“I think we complement each other quite well. If one is going the other one is just trying to get them on strike, and I guess that’s how good partnerships start,” he said.
“The communication we had was good. He’s quite relaxed while he’s out in the middle which is good for me as well. We have our plans set, communicate well, and just pick our bowlers.
The Strikers fans have always been passionate, loud, and proud of their team. So raucous in fact that a crowd of just over 20,000 people sounded more like a full house.
The Adelaide Oval is seen as one of the best places to play cricket, and Short believes the fans’ support will go a long way to making the team successful this year.
“It felt like there was more than the 20,000 [people], it sounded a lot more than that, but I think the fans being there, they’re just excited and the Strikers fans are always behind their team,” he said.
“It definitely works to your advantage if they’re up and about and supporting you. It definitely feels like there’s another player out there.”
The destructive left-hander noticed one particular difference between life at the Hurricanes and the Strikers, and it’s something that could propel Short back to his masterful form of a couple of years ago.
“I feel like it’s probably a little bit more laid back. The coaches let you do what you want in terms of getting what you need out of training and just backing you,” he said.
The ‘Shorts’ and the Strikers will be hoping to continue their strong form on Friday night when they meet the Sydney Sixers at the SCG.