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Uncapped Aussie phenom comes from the clouds to secure overseas contract


Matt Short has been handed a big opportunity to showcase his T20 excellence with an Indian Premier League debut after being snapped up as an emergency replacement by the Punjab Kings.

The Adelaide Strikers star, who was voted player of the tournament at the Big Bash League, has been drafted in to replace England luminary Jonny Bairstow, who’s failed to recover from surgery in time for the two-month tournament which begins next week.

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Still uncapped, this presents a great opportunity for the 27-year-old Victorian batter, who enjoyed a spectacular BBL campaign by scoring 458 runs – the second-highest in the tournament – at an average of 35.23 and with a strike rate of 144.47.

The Kings were attracted by his stand-out performances, not least by his unbeaten century in a winning chase against the Hobart Hurricanes, as well as his ability to chip in with some tidy offspin.

His form had led teammates and coaches to call for him to get a shot with the national T20 team, while Ricky Ponting thought Short was good enough to be in contention for a place at one of the IPL franchises.

Matt Short has landed an IPL contract. Credit: Getty

He now gets his chance because Bairstow is not yet ready for the fray after undergoing surgery on a broken leg and dislocated ankle after the freak injury he suffered on the golf course in September.

It also ruled the 33-year-old out of England’s T20 World Cup triumph but the Yorkshireman expects to be back in contention for an Ashes place this summer.

“We regret to inform you that Jonny Bairstow will not be a part of the IPL this season because of his injury. We wish him the best and look forward to seeing him next season,” Punjab said in a statement.

Short, who’s been in tremendous form for Victoria with three centuries and three half-centuries in his last seven first-class and List A matches, is currently in action in the Sheffield Shield final, and will be flying out afterwards with Punjab’s first match set for next Saturday.

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Source: 7News