D'Arcy Short smashes Australian one-day domestic records in incredible 257 run knock

On Friday, September 28, D’Arcy Short demolished the highest ever score in an Australian domestic one-day game, smashing an incredible 257 runs off just 148 balls. Short, representing Western Australia, smashed 23 6’s along the way, leading his side to a score of 387 - which they defended relatively easily. The knock was just the third time a player had surpassed 200 in the competition, and easily surpassed the previous record of 229* off 157 balls, set by Ben Dunk in 2014.

Short first made a name for himself in the 2016/17 Big Bash, opening for the Hobart Hurricanes. It was in fact five years earlier when he first debuted at the top level, playing a solitary one-day game back in November 2011, but fitness concerns saw him pushed to the sidelines for the next five years. After some choice words from then Western Australian coach - and now Australian coach - Justin Langer, amongst others, Short got into better shape.

His second domestic one-day appearance came in October 2016, before making his first-class debut just a month later - though he batted at number eight in that game. He got a chance for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash, which started later that year, and it was there that his talent finally began to shine through. 

In his very first Big Bash appearance, Short smashed 61 runs off just 29 balls in front of around 20,000 fans to lead Hobart to a total of 200. Though that would be his highest score of the tournament, the then 26 year old played all eight matches. His run totals were nothing to write home about - he averaged just 24.75 across with 2 50’s across the eight games - but the manner in which he came about them certainly was. Short scored his 198 runs at a strike rate of 163.63, making him the seventh fastest run scorer in the tournament, just below names such as Glenn Maxwell, Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn.

It came as no great surprise, then, that the very next year Short became one of the most prolific batsmen in the BBL. He ended the tournament as the top run scorer by a street, smashing 572 in total - 129 more than his nearest rival. The runs came at an average of 57.2 and the typically blistering strike rate of 148.57, and included a 122* off just 69 balls as well as a 97 and a 96. 

Word clearly started to spread throughout the tournament, and Short was promptly snapped up by the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL auction for a fairly hefty sum. Soon after the BBL ended, he was also selected to make his T20I debut for Australia, recognition of his incredible domestic season. His skills translated onto the International stage, with a score of 76 off 44 balls against New Zealand in Auckland in February 2018 a highlight of his debut series in Australian colours.

Short failed to make an impact in his first ever IPL, scoring just 115 runs in his seven matches at an average of 16.43 and a strike rate of 116.16. Despite that, however, he continued to play a role for the Australian national T20 side, and was selected for his debut ODI in June of 2018. 

As he has continued to develop, Short has shown himself to be one of the most dangerous strikers in the world. Capable of taking the game away from the opposition in a matter of overs, when he gets his mojo going he is nearly impossible to stop. An innings like the one he put together earlier on Friday seemed inevitable, though it is no less impressive as a result.

Short entered the fray at 1/19 in the third over, and put together a watchful and mature start to his innings as wickets continued to fall around him. His half century came up in the 21st over off 57 delivies, and with his side delicately poised at 4/126. After that, however, carnage ensued. Short hit bowlers of all shapes and sizes to all corners of the field, bringing up his second 50 in 26 deliveries, his third in 23 deliveries, his fourth in 22 and his fifth in just 15. When he was dismissed in just the 46th over, he had smashed three successive 6’s in three of the previous 5 overs, 23 in total, and completely destroyed a relatively capable Queensland attack.

At just 28 years of age, Short still has plenty of time to develop as a cricketer. Already he is one of the best ball strikers in the world, and will likely play a major role both domestically and Internationally in the shorter forms of the game for a number of years to come. With the 2018/19 BBL season set to start soon, he will be one of the watched players in the competition, and after today’s effort, it’s easy to see why.