Victorian batsman Matt Short says a chat with Australian cricket legend Greg Chappell had been instrumental in him discovering career-best form in the lead up to the Sheffield Shield final.
Short lines up for Victoria against New South Wales in the interstate competition decider at the Junction Oval in St Kilda from Thursday.
The East Ballarat export goes into the match as one of the side's most in-form batsman after a run of important contributions in the middle order.
Short said he had a talk with Chappell - Cricket Australia's national talent manager - after struggling for runs for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.
"The BBL didn't go to plan.
"Adelaide showed a lot of faith in me.
"It was a big move to go, but it didn't work out as I'd hoped," he said.
Short missed out on playing the last three games, but what this did do was give him time take stock and refocus on the red ball game.
He said Chappell reinforced in him that talent did not disappear and it was all about working hard to get back to form.
Short said he turned his focus to training harder.
He said he put in extra work, concentrating on improving aspects including work ethic and putting a greater price on his wicket in the nets.
Short said having more confidence, something which had grown with his elevated performances, had also been significant.
The 23-year-old had a steady start to the season with a 80 against New South Wales and 64 not out against Tasmania, but even that was not enough for him to keep his place in the side.
Consistency has been the key for him since the return of the Sheffield Shield with 60 against Queensland, 45 against Tasmania, a stand-out 50 against NSW and 56 against South Australia.
Short said was plenty of excitement in the Victoria camp as it attempted to add to its one-day title from the start of the season.
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