Short shortlisted for cricket world cup

EAST BALLARAT export Matt Short has been shortlisted for next year’s International Cricket Council under-19 world cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Short is one of seven Victorians named in a preliminary Australian 30-man training squad.

He captured selectors’ attention with a century on debut in the Australian under-19s earlier this year in a one-dayer against New Zealand.

Short finished the tour, of three one-day matches and a three-day fixture, as leading scorer with 236 runs at an average of 47.20 and a strike-rate of 91.47.

In a big year for Short, the St Patrick’s College student also signed a two-year rookie contract with the Victorian Bushrangers and made his debut in the Cricket Australia Futures League in 

October.

The 18-year-old was also picked up as a development rookie with Big Bash League club Melbourne Renegades.

Short was in town for the Renegades’ three-day community camp in Ballarat last weekend.

He took part in Twenty20-focused batting training in a specially constructed net in the centre of Eastern Oval on Saturday and stepped out for two Renegades’ practice matches on Sunday.

Bushrangers Cameron White, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson are among those who have represented Australia in past under-19 world cups.

Under ICC regulations, competing countries are required to submit a squad of 30 from which a final squad of 15 is selected for world cup action from February 14.

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