Short wants to lock down spot

11 February 2018 09:08:26 EST

D'Arcy Short wants to further cement his spot at the top of the Australia order in T20 cricket during the tri-series.

Selectors had hoped that, in the absence of most of their stars for the clashes against England and New Zealand, a number of players would grab their chance with both hands.

Short is busy doing that, and his preference to open the batting means Aaron Finch may have to adjust to a new spot.

Australia are without frontline stars such as skipper Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, who have been rested ahead of the Test tour of South Africa.

That hasn't hampered them so far in the series though as they're unbeaten and have secured a spot in the final at Auckland's Eden Park on 21st February.

Hobart Hurricanes left hander Short has broken into the T20 side on the back of being the Big Bash League player of the tournament.

He has opened the batting in the three T20 internationals, his latest knock being an unbeaten 36 off 33 balls at the MCG on Saturday that featured a six and three fours.

He remained as David Warner's partner at the top of the order despite regular opener Finch returning from a hamstring injury. Finch slipped to No.5 in the order, only the third time in 34 T20 internationals that he had not opened.

Short says he's happy as an opener and has been given backing by his team-mates.

"Just having a chat to the other guys, they wanted to keep me opening because I have done so well in the Big Bash and throwing me down the order might change that a little bit. But I was definitely a little bit surprised considering how well they have done at the top," he said of the Finch and Warner pairing.

Speaking of his selection as an opener, Short added: "I am suited there and that's where I like to bat and, hopefully, I can stay there."

Australia are 8/15 to win the tri-series. Meanwhile, England are 4/6 to win their next game on Tuesday against New Zealand, who are 6/5.

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