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Short never doubted Australia's record-breaking chase

The odds may have been stacked against Australia as they chased New Zealand's target of 244, but new boy D'Arcy Short was always confident.

NEWS
16 Feb 2018, 23:19 IST
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Australia batsman D'Arcy Short

D'Arcy Short was always confident Australia's batsmen could reel in New Zealand in their Twenty20 international on Friday, despite requiring a record-breaking chase to win.

Western Australia's Short, who made his international debut earlier in the trans-Tasman tri-series, played a prominent role with 76 runs as the tourists chased down a target of 244 to beat the Black Caps in Auckland and retain their perfect record at four wins from four.

A stunning chase - the biggest in T20 international history - was completed with seven balls remaining, and Short insists his belief never wavered even as New Zealand put up a commanding total.

"I think we always believed we could do it," he said afterwards. "When we came in at half-time, chasing 240, we knew we would have to do it from the start and we had enough firepower to pull it off.

"I didn't have any doubt in myself. I knew we had to score from ball one, basically. We got off to a good start.

"And I think we brought it back really well with the ball. We could have been chasing 260, 270, but the bowlers brought it back to a target we felt we could chase."

On his impressive start in an Australia shirt, Short added: "I've always had confidence.

"[Assistant coach] Ricky Ponting just told me to keep playing like I do in the Big Bash League, so that's what I did and it worked."

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