Short registered his fourth T20I fifty when he smashed 68 off 53 balls including eight boundaries as the tourists reach their 118-run target in 16.1 overs on Monday in Abu Dhabi.
The Aussies will now turn their focus to the three-match series against the top-ranked nation beginning on Wednesday in the UAE capital. And after the seven-wicket victory over the UAE, Short said: “Definitely, it gave them an opportunity to see where their game is at and also helped us. The way they bowled at the start was very good and the match was definitely worth it.”
He added: “It’s definitely good to spend some time out in the middle and play UAE for the first time. My fifty is very important. Getting runs out in the middle can give you a lot of confidence going into the first match on Wednesday.”
The UAE got off to a terrible start with Ashfaq Ahmed and Rohan Mustafa dismissed for ducks with not a single run on the board. From 17-3, the UAE recovered to post 117-6 thanks to Shaiman Anwar’s 41 runs.
The veteran batsman admitted he was under pressure to deliver after a poor start.
“As a senior player in the team I had to do something and that’s what I didn’t when the team was in crisis,” said the 39-year-old.
“We didn’t start well and couldn’t go after the bowling straightaway the way I would have liked. We upped the run rate but I should have stayed until the end. Had we managed 150 it would have been interesting.”
He added: “The Australians are a good side and in a very positive frame of mind. They will definitely be giving Pakistan a tough challenge in the T20 series.”
It was Amir Hayat’s T20 international debut and he did well by picking up two wickets. The medium-pacer revealed which wicket he cherished the most.
“More than the wicket of Aaron Finch, I would say I will cherish the wicket of Chris Lynn as I follow him very closely,” he said. “Lynn I knew could get out to slower ones as he is my favourite player and I follow him closely. It clicked for me today. I didn’t think I was bowling to the Australian batsmen and played as if it was a domestic match.”
The Bangladesh all-rounder is currently sidelined for up to three months as he undergoes rehabilitation for his injured finger but he had recently applied for a NOC to participate in the T20 league which gets underway on December 19.
BCP media committee chairman Jalal Yunus confirmed the receipt of the all-rounder’s request but said that a decision is yet to be taken.
“He had sent NOC for approval to take part in the franchise-based T20 tournament in UAE and we will notify him about our stance within a day or two,” Jalal was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
The 31-year-old has been carrying a finger injury for some time now but decided to play through the discomfort in the recent Asia Cup in the UAE. The southpaw aggravated his injury in the tournament and flew back to Bangladesh before his side’s semi-final appearance.
Shakib’s injury has seen him miss Bangladesh’s ongoing ODI series against Zimbabwe and he will in all probability be sidelined for the series against the West Indies as well.
In an interview with Cricbuzz recently, the Bangladesh star had stated that he had applied for a NOC to keep ‘all options’ open.
“I want to be fit as quickly as possible. I want to keep all my options open so that I can avail the first opportunity that comes my way. I would like to play against Zimbabwe in the Test series but if that is not the case, then there is series against West Indies, then the tournament in UAE that I applied for or say BPL or the tour of New Zealand,” Shakib had said.
“I want to keep all my options open so applied for it so that I can start playing at the earliest after regaining my full fitness. There is nothing more to it,” he added.
The hosts face the Englishmen in the T20 in Colombo on Saturday and are almost certain to field Mendis, who has already played against the opponents in a warm-up match in the ongoing tour.
Playing for SL Board XI, Mendis first made 61 from 72 balls before showcasing his ability to deliver both right-arm off-breaks and slow left-armers, doing so in mid-over.
After that warm-up match, England all-rounder Moeen Ali said it was incredible to see a player manage that at the higher levels of the game.
“I’ve never seen someone do that live but it’s great and fantastic for the game,” Moeen said of Mendis.
“It’s amazing he was so accurate with both arms and really it will be the way cricket is going to go. I’ve tried bowling left-arm but I was so bad…you just don’t have that same feel.
“You hear rumours about these guys being around but for him to bowl to that standard and be that good is fantastic.”
Mendis has mainly been picked for his lower-order striking abilities with his bowling seen as a bonus. The team selected for the T20 is led by all-rounder Thisara Perera and also sees the return of veteran pacer Lasith Malinga.
Sri Lanka T20 squad: Thisara Perera (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Kamindu Mendis, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Akila Dhananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep