Cricket fans left fuming after Matt Short overlooked for Aussie ODI squad

The Victorian is one of the most in-form batters in the country, but couldn't find a place in the 16-man squad.

Travis Head and David Warner, pictured here alongside Matt Short on the cricket field.
Travis Head and David Warner (R) lead Australia's ODI cricket squad for India, but Matt Short was overlooked. Image: Getty

Cricket fans have lashed out on social media after Aussie selectors failed to find a place for Matt Short in the ODI squad to take on India next month. The Aussies announced a 16-player squad for the three-match series on Thursday, with the returns of Glenn Maxwell and Mitch Marsh the big talking point.

However fans were left to question how Short hadn't won a call-up considering his incredible form over the last few months. The 27-year-old was the leading run-scorer in the BBL this summer and was named player of the tournament for his efforts.

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He then continued his sublime form in the domestic one-day cup last week, blasting 108 not out off 94 balls as Victoria beat Queensland. But it's not just white-ball cricket where Short is dominating, with the Victorian showing he's a threat in red-ball cricket as well.

Short scored his maiden Sheffield Shield century earlier this week as wickets tumbled around him against South Australia. Short mastered the tricky Junction Oval pitch to score 119 - a tally nearly three times better than any other batter in the entire match.

The rich vein of form had fans expecting Short to be named in Australia's ODI squad for India, particularly with concerns surrounding David Warner's fractured elbow. But Warner was named in the squad on Thursday, with selectors unable to find a place for Short.

Even with Warner fully fit, many believed Short deserved a spot in the 16-man squad somewhere. Daniel Hughes was also unlucky to miss out after recently becoming just the third player ever to score four centuries in one domestic one-day season.

Short revealed earlier this week that national selector Tony Dodemaide had rung him after the BBL to inform him he was in contention for higher honours soon. “It’s good to be noticed for all the hard work you put in. I think now it feels like it’s coming all together, and the consistency is there at this stage – I’m just focused on trying to keep it going,” Short said.

“Hopefully a call-up comes, but I’m not really thinking about that too much right now. It was good to have that conversation with him and see where things were at, and just know that you’re in their minds.”

Short admitted he was “thinking about where my career was at” after finding it hard to crack Victoria's Sheffield Shield side earlier in the season. “It’s funny; you’re in form in one format and then you always think, ‘I should just stick with this,’” he said. “I think for now, (the plan) is just playing all three formats and going from there.”

Matt Short, pictured here after scoring a century for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield.
Matt Short celebrates after scoring a century for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Glenn Maxwell returns to ODI side after broken leg

Maxwell's inclusion in the squad is welcome news for fans after he broke his leg in a freak accident at a friend's birthday party in November. After initially sparking concerns that the injury would threaten his career, Maxwell made his return in the Sheffield Shield last week.

"I always said I was building to that one-day series, it was always in my mind," Maxwell said on Thursday. "Now that I am closer to that workload I need to be at, it's about trying to maintain that, get the pace back up, and in a couple of weeks time I will be 100 per cent."

Marsh also endured an injury-plagued summer, but will aim to prove his fitness in the next two one-day matches for Western Australia before travelling to India. The all-rounder underwent surgery three months ago to fix his troublesome left ankle, and has not played a competitive game since November 22.

Fast bowler Jhye Richardson has also been included in the squad after struggling with a hamstring injury during the Perth Scorchers' run to the BBL title. Richardson last played an ODI for Australia during the tour of Sri Lanka last June.

Fellow fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will sit out the ODI series after leaving the Test tour due to an ongoing Achilles injury, while Warner and Ashton Agar will return to India after flying home to Australia this week.

Australia's 16-player squad: Pat Cummins (capt), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

with AAP

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