Australian Chief Selector Mark Waugh has been highly impressed with D'Arcy Short who has been roped into the T20 squad for the triangular series involving Australia, England and New Zealand.
he has also likened the left-hander similar in structure to Australian opener David Warner saying that both of them can pack a punch.
“He reminds me of David Warner a bit with his clean ball-striking. He’s come from nowhere for a lot of us, I hadn’t seen him before last year in the Big Bash,” said Waugh.
“He put together a lot of good innings there but this year he has gone to the next level.
“He’s the sort of player that has that x-factor, he can bowl as well and has got good left-arm wristies as well.
“He’s the sort of player we want to keep coming through. We’ve got to keep regenerating our squad. He’s the type of player who can do that.”
Waugh also highlighted the importance of Glenn Maxwell in the Australian T20 squad. “He’s been out of the one-day team and Test team but he’s done really well for Victoria,” said Waugh.
“He’s done what has been asked of him in that regard. We know he’s a fantastic T20 player so I would expect him to play a big part in our success."
“We need some players like that to step up and win us some games and win those pressure moments in T20 games because we haven’t had that for quite a while – we’ve been missing that ability with the bat and ball under pressure to win a game. He’s the sort of player who can do that.”
He also credited the Big Bash League for producing T20 specialists who now have been roped in to play at the highest level.
Notably, players who have been included in the Australian T20I squad will miss out during the knockout stages of BBL 07.
Australian T20 squad:
David Warner (captain), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa