Australian explosive opening batsman D’Arcy Short has signed an agreement with English cricket club Hampshire Hawks to represent the team in the upcoming T20 Vitality Blast, which is scheduled to start on June 9.
The 30-year-old left-handed hard hitter, who has signed for the 2021 campaign, is not only impactful with his batting but also with his spin bowling. The Aussie opener has featured 31 times for his country for international duty, both in ODIs and T20Is. Short has immense experience in the T20 format by playing numerous tournaments across the globe. The batting all-rounder has amassed almost 4,000 runs in 123 innings with an average of 35.31 and taken 48 wickets throughout his career in the shortest format of cricket.
The seasoned batsman will be returning to the T20 Blast, previously featuring for Durham in 2019. During one season with Durham, he scored 483 runs in 12 innings, at an average of 43.90. His previous stint in England was a great success, where he ended up being the fourth-highest run maker in the tournament. The Australian has vast experience in playing across different tournaments having featured in a number of teams including his country’s domestic league Big Bash, playing an integral role in Hobart Hurricanes. He also had stints at Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals and Caribbean Premier League’s St Lucia Stars.
After signing for Hawks, D’Arcy Short said “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,” who had a rusty 2020 campaign finishing at the bottom of the table.
Giles White, Director of Cricket, is also excited about the addition of Short. He heaped praise on Short’s ability to make a big impact with bat and ball. Hampshire will begin the season on June 9, facing Kent Spitfires away from home. Short has also been included in the Australian squad that will tour West Indies for ODI and T-20 series in July.