Short joins Hampshire for Twenty20 season

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Hampshire have announced the signing of Australia limited-overs batsman D'Arcy Short for the northern hemisphere summer's Vitality Blast.

The 30-year-old, who has played eight one-day internationals and 23 Twenty20s for Australia, will be available for the whole of the Hawks' campaign.

Director of cricket Giles White told Hampshire's official website: "We are delighted to secure the signing of D'Arcy for this summer's Vitality Blast competition.

"He is a high-class performer who has consistently shown his ability to score a high volume of runs at the top of the order, both for Australia and in a number of the world's best T20 competitions.

"Alongside his skill with the bat, he also gives us another spin bowling option with the ball so we're excited about what he brings to the side and are looking forward to having him with us."

Short, formerly of Durham, added: "I am so excited to join a club with as much history as Hampshire Hawks. I can't wait to get to The Ageas Bowl and hopefully we can have a strong season and win our first title since 2012."