Fun factor key for Short in India ODI tour

Michael Ramsey
D'Arcy Short is relishing the opportunity to impress after his recall to the Australian ODI squad

Short-form superstar D'Arcy Short will return to the pressures of international cricket hoping to have as much fun representing Australia as he does smashing sixes in the Big Bash.

Short will depart for India on Thursday with Australia's one-day squad, having been added as a late replacement for injured paceman Sean Abbott.

The left-hander provided a timely reminder of his destructive talent on Sunday when he smashed an unbeaten century, clearing the rope seven times, to pilot Hobart Hurricanes to victory over Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium.

In doing so, Short became just the fourth batsman to post multiple BBL centuries and the competition's fifth-highest scorer.

Translating his domestic heroics into international success has proved considerably more difficult.

Short was a fixture of Australia's T20 side throughout 2018 and also made four ODI appearances but largely failed to grasp his opportunity.

After touring India last summer, Short was squeezed out for home T20s against Sri Lanka and Pakistan when Steve Smith and David Warner returned from suspension.

Short - who is most likely to bat in the middle order with Warner and Aaron Finch the entrenched openers - hopes a more relaxed mindset will serve him well during the three-match ODI series starting January 14 in Mumbai.

"I think it's just reiterating the part that it's still a game and wanting to have fun and enjoying it while I'm playing it, not putting too much pressure on myself that I did last time I was in the one-day squad," Short said on Wednesday.

"Hopefully that pays off for me in the end."

Short remains mindful of the opportunity that awaits with a T20 World Cup on the horizon.

Australia's upcoming white-ball commitments include ODIs and T20s in South Africa next month followed by home one-dayers against New Zealand in March.

Much like ODI newcomer Marnus Labuschagne, Short's part-time spin could prove to be a valuable asset on turning tracks in India.

"I feel like my confidence with my bowling is getting better and better every time I bowl in a game," he said.

"It's just slowing myself down and making sure I know which ball I'm bowling 100 per cent.

"It's definitely coming along, and I feel like that can help me get picked in that side (in India) and in the T20 World Cup as well."