Short: Opening the batting suits my game

D’Arcy Short wants to continue opening the batting for Australia in T20 cricket, despite the return of Aaron Finch to the starting line-up.

Short has batted at the top of the order in all three games so far in the tri-series involving England and New Zealand, notching up scores of 4, 30 and 36 not out as the hosts have won all three games.

Finch missed the first two games of the tournament with an injury but returned for the victory over England at the MCG on Saturday and, surprisingly, batted at number five with Short continuing alongside skipper David Warner.

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A left-handed batsman, Short is coming of a record-breaking season with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League (BBL) and feels a change in his batting position might throw him off his game.

Short said: “Definitely [want to open], I think I’m suited there and that’s where I like to bat, and hopefully I can stay there.

“I didn’t know what to expect until a couple of days ago, just chatting to other guys.

“I think they wanted to keep me opening because I’d done so well in the Big Bash and throwing me down the order might change it a little bit.

“Definitely a little bit surprised considering how well he [Finch] has done at the top.”

Australia next game in the T20 tri-series will be against NeW Zealand at Eden Park on Friday.