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D’Arcy at Short odds to make ODI debut

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    When Australian selector Mark Waugh clapped Hurricane opening batsman D’Arcy Short off the Gabba last night, there was the sign the Katherine-born dasher is set to make his international debut.

    Short had batted right through the innings for a BBL record score of 122 not out off just 68 deliveries that included eight fours, and eight sixes.

    So dominant was Short, the next best Hurricane score was Ben McDermott’s 19 in a total of 4-179.

    The eight sixes took his BBL maximums this summer to 20, with Ashton Turner the next best with 14, followed by Shane Watson and Josh Buttler with 10.

    But more importantly are his six visits to the centre.

    Try, in order – 34, 15, 97, 96, 42, and 122* for a 406 total at 81.20.

    Short has done the selectors and Australian cricket a huge favour.

    The selectors covered themselves in glory with the baggy greens regaining the Ashes with a stunning 4-0 result.

    They went from feeling justifiably well-pleased with themselves to selecting an unfit and out of touch Chris Lynn to dropping Glenn Maxwell from the ODI squad.

    Selecting Lynn was a disgrace, leaving Maxwell out has been well-documented.

    There are two distinct camps on Maxwell’s talent.

    Glenn Maxwell Sad

    (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    In the red corner there’s the chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns, and skipper Steve Smith.

    In the blue corner there’s former captain Ricky Ponting, and current international Aaron Finch.

    From Maxwell’s point of view, the red corner is the most important.

    When Hohns called on Maxwell to be more consistent, there was a message loud and clear.

    In his last 18 ODI digs, Maxwell has scored 331 runs at an average of just 18.39 that included a 78 and a 60, five ducks, and nine scores less than 10.

    Smith advised Maxwell to give away the ‘funky’ shots, and to train smarter.

    So the red corner combination gave Maxwell a crystal clear ultimatum – use your natural ability to play every ball on its merits, or keep playing for the Vics.

    But Ponting and Finch both declared Maxwell was in career-best form and didn’t deserve to be overlooked.

    But they were voices in the wilderness with no say in selection.

    Has Maxwell given away the funky shots?

    No.

    Has Maxwell taken any notice of what Hohns and the skipper have said?

    No.

    So when Lynn did his calf after being selected, and ruled out until later in the month, automatically Maxwell’s name came up as a replacement.

    That was until last night when D’Arcy Short ran amok.

    The selectors can’t afford to make another blunder, Short’s sensational and consistent batting cannot be ignored.

    David Warner and Finch are the recognised ODI openers, but there’s a strong argument for Short to replace Finch who can bat down the order.

    It matters not where Short bats, he’ll be a success in any spot – obviously the higher the better.

    As for Glenn Maxwell, he tweeted three times last night.

    The second was halfway through Short’s onslaught.

    The third was as Mark Waugh was clapping…

    On the evidence of those three tweets, could it be D’Arcy Short has made a greater impression on Glenn Maxwell than either Trevor Hohns, or Steve Smith?

    If that’s the case, imagine the true carnage if the current Short and a responsible Maxwell batted together in yellow caps.

    There wouldn’t be a ground big enough in Australia to fit in those keen to see such carnage.

    Don’t tweet it Glenn, just do it.

    David Lord
    David Lord

    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn’t get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world’s great sporting spectacles

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    • January 11th 2018 @ 7:45am
      Ben said | January 11th 2018 @ 7:45am | ! Report

      Short should make his debut in the T20s.
      There is no reason to change the successful openers Warner and Finch and Short isn’t a middle order batsmen that we need.
      He hasn’t had to come to the crease at 3/34 2/88 or 3/63 and build a innings.
      Maxwell has given away his funky shots and as Finch said his training is fantastic.

      • Columnist

        January 11th 2018 @ 8:10am
        David Lord said | January 11th 2018 @ 8:10am | ! Report

        Ben, remember when David Warner first burst onto the scene, selectors predicted he was purely a limited-over batsman, he’d never make it at the Test level.

        Oops.

        Don’t make the same pro-rata mistake with D’Arcy Short.

        There’s a spot available in the ODI squad with Chris Lynn’s calf injury forcing his withdrawal.

        Take this batting order into game one – David Warner, Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Adam Zampa.

        If Glenn Maxwell keeps reforming, he can join Short in the T20s.

        • January 11th 2018 @ 8:49am
          Ben said | January 11th 2018 @ 8:49am | ! Report

          There is no need to jump the gun with Short.
          Lets see how he plays in the T20s then i would consider him for the 50 over format.
          A majority of Australians want to see Maxwell back.

          • Roar Guru

            January 11th 2018 @ 9:10am
            spruce moose said | January 11th 2018 @ 9:10am | ! Report

            David Warner wasn’t just rushed into the test team though.

            He had to do his time in NSW 2nd XI and then in the first team.

            • Columnist

              January 11th 2018 @ 9:58am
              David Lord said | January 11th 2018 @ 9:58am | ! Report

              Who said David Warner was rushed into the Test team?

              • January 11th 2018 @ 10:06am
                Ben said | January 11th 2018 @ 10:06am | ! Report

                No need to call names.
                Cartwright was rushed into the team and we see how well that went.
                Maxwell has experience had a great shield season and has performed at international level.
                Short didn’t make runs in the shield and shouldn’t be rushed into the team.

              • January 11th 2018 @ 11:21am
                spruce moose said | January 11th 2018 @ 11:21am | ! Report

                Um, I honestly wasn’t trying to start an argument.

                Moderators:

                Is this playing the man or the ball?

                If you expect the posters to conform, then I’d like to see it from our experts. I take offence to David Lord’s REPEATED calling me of a goose.

                The name calling from experts is too far.

              • Roar Guru

                January 11th 2018 @ 11:23am
                Paul D said | January 11th 2018 @ 11:23am | ! Report

                Oh come on Spruce, you and I both know you’re always ripping Lordy apart for his dodgy stats and journalism by $ for word count. I enjoy it too sometimes when he’s cranked out a particularly bland piece. Take your lumps and move on.

              • Roar Guru

                January 11th 2018 @ 12:11pm
                spruce moose said | January 11th 2018 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

                Yes, Paul,

                But I look at his arguments posed, not him. I won’t shy away from that. David’s statistical interpretations necessitate constant questioning…of the argument or interpretation.

                I don’t resort to petty and demeaning name calling.

                Enough.

                We should expect better from experts no?

    • Roar Guru

      January 11th 2018 @ 9:58am
      DingoGray said | January 11th 2018 @ 9:58am | ! Report

      Short will start in the T20 side 1st.

      As others point out he’s not a middle order batsmen.

      It’s Marsh or Maxwell for me.

      • January 11th 2018 @ 10:28am
        dan ced said | January 11th 2018 @ 10:28am | ! Report

        Didn’t he play 6 or 7 for WA in Matador? or am I mistaken.

        • January 11th 2018 @ 11:36am
          Rissole said | January 11th 2018 @ 11:36am | ! Report

          He did. But he also made an unbeaten ton in the one game he opened.

    • Roar Guru

      January 11th 2018 @ 10:48am
      Paul D said | January 11th 2018 @ 10:48am | ! Report

      In addition to his batting, he’s a very handy bowler. 1/20 last night off 4 overs. Can’t see how he doesn’t get a run this summer if they’re picking on form.

      • January 11th 2018 @ 10:50am
        Ben said | January 11th 2018 @ 10:50am | ! Report

        He should in the T20 side

      • Columnist

        January 11th 2018 @ 1:26pm
        David Lord said | January 11th 2018 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

        Paul D, last night D’Arcy Short was the very best of the best – the form all-rounder of the thriller whose performaces this season demand recognition.

        Last night with the bat his 122* dwarfed his team-mates – Ben McDermott 19, Matt wade 16, Alex Dooland 9, extras 9, and George Bailey 4.

        With his left-arm chinamen, he took 1-20 off his four with the lowest economy rate of just five. Even more credible, he went for just one boundary in his 24 deliveries when the Heat was in full flight chasing 4-179.

        If those aren’t dual “pick me” stats, there’s no point in having a score book.

    • January 11th 2018 @ 11:31am
      Spooky said | January 11th 2018 @ 11:31am | ! Report

      And the shield as welll

    • Roar Guru

      January 11th 2018 @ 2:20pm
      Ryan H said | January 11th 2018 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

      Cam White into the ODI squad replacing Lynn.

      I suspect we will have to wait until the T20I matches to see Short in Aus colours

      • Roar Guru

        January 11th 2018 @ 2:29pm
        Paul D said | January 11th 2018 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

        Good choice. White is in great touch with the bat and has some of the safest hands in the country.

    • January 11th 2018 @ 2:39pm
      johnnie said | January 11th 2018 @ 2:39pm | ! Report

      Just saw the news they went for Cameron White… finger on the pulse here again Lordy!

      • Roar Guru

        January 11th 2018 @ 3:20pm
        Paul D said | January 11th 2018 @ 3:20pm | ! Report

        Like anyone saw that coming.

        • Columnist

          January 11th 2018 @ 4:14pm
          David Lord said | January 11th 2018 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

          I’ve always had the greatest respect for Cam White, who should have played many ODIs since his last in January 2015.

          There have been plenty of times White has deserved to be picked in the last three years, but selectors ignored him.

          So why resurrect him now at 34 years and 145 days when D’Arcy Short is 27 years and 154 days?

          Picking White today is as left field as naming a far from fit Chris Lynn – decidedly odd.

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