'World-class' Short primed for India ODIs

Michael Ramsey
D'Arcy Short is in devastating form ahead of Australia's one-day international series with India

D'Arcy Short has been backed to return to international honours after scoring a devastating BBL century on the eve of Australia's ODI tour of India.

The white-ball dynamo was at his destructive best at Optus Stadium on Sunday, blasting seven sixes in an unbeaten 103 off 70 balls to guide Hobart Hurricanes to an eight-run win over Perth Scorchers.

Short's highlight reel included an audacious ramp shot six to bring up his century - the first by any batsman this season - off the final ball of the innings.

His timing couldn't have been better ahead of departing for India on Wednesday with Australia's one-day international squad.

Short was a late call-up for the three-match series after paceman Sean Abbott was ruled out with a side strain, with national selector Trevor Hohns noting his ability to bat anywhere in the order and part-time spin capabilities.

The left-hander has not represented Australia since a T20 tour of India last summer, having failed to translate domestic success into international runs.

Scorchers allrounder and fellow ODI squad member Ashton Agar is hopeful his West Australian teammate will get the nod in India.

"He just showed how world-class he is. He's probably one of the best T20 batters in the country so well done to him," Agar said.

"I really hope he gets an opportunity in India because I think with his form throughout the Big Bash so far, if we're going to pick guys who are in form then he certainly is.

"I think he'll do a really good job. His attitude's really good to batting, he's really clear on his game plan and he's in good touch.

"Making a hundred leading into an ODI series, that's exactly what you want."

Short's ton made him just the fourth batsman, alongside Luke Wright, Usman Khawaja and Craig Simmons, to post multiple BBL centuries.

The leading run-scorer in the previous two BBL seasons, Short is confident he has made strides since his last visit to India.

"I've got a bit of experience there now and know how the pitches play," he said.

"I'm a bit more confident against the spinners as well.

"I'm definitely looking forward to getting over there and hopefully getting to ply my trade again."