On the back of his record-breaking innings at the Gabba on Wednesday night, Hobart Hurricanes star D’Arcy Short insists confidence is sky high as the business end of BBL07 fast approaches.
After falling agonisingly short of triple figures with innings of 97 and 96 against the Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers, Short finally reached the elusive milestone against the Heat, striking a scintillating 122 runs off just 69 deliveries.
Short admitted the pressure of falling twice in the 90s already this tournament made him nervous as the milestone became closer before striking a spectacular six to bring up triple figures.
“I was a little bit more nervous this time, especially on 95. I just wanted to get it done and break that little hoodoo that I had.
“It was a very good feeling – I am just happy to get us off to another good start and finally get over the line for that hundred,” Short said.
With eight boundaries and eight sixes to his name, Short broke the record for the highest individual score in the history of the BBL, beating the 117 set by Englishman Luke Wright for the Melbourne Stars against the Hurricanes all the way back in BBL01.
Short concedes that his focus was far from any records while he was at the crease, however, with his attention firmly on scoring as many runs as possible.
“I had no idea what the highest score was- I was just trying to get as many runs as possible.
“I just wanted to get the 100 done quickly. It hasn’t sunk in that I’ve made history, but it has that I’ve made a 100,” he said.
The Hurricanes’ fourth straight victory came out of another thrilling finish as the side continues to surge up the ladder after slipping to a 0-2 start.
“We knew we could do it. We won both our practice matches pretty convincingly and we just didn’t start the way we wanted to in terms of the Big Bash.
“Playing one game and then having a 10-day break was a bit of a setback but we are on the right track now.
“We have the confidence that we can do it- we are definitely a big chance of going all the way. We just need to stick to our plans and keep our confidence high,” he said.
WATCH: All the highlights from a thrilling Hurricanes victory at the Gabba.
Short’s hot form has been a clear reason behind the Hurricanes' good form, with his focus on spending more time in the middle aided by new coach Gary Kirsten.
“(Batting deeper into the innings) has worked in our favour in putting a total on the board that we can defend.
“He (Gary) has just challenged me to try and score in different areas and not try and blast ever ball I face,” the 27-year-old said.
Short backed up his spectacular effort with the bat with an impressive bowling display, finishing with 1-20 from four overs with a spell that helped shift the momentum of the contest.
With increasing calls for Short’s name to be thrown into national consideration, Short is eager to continue developing his all-round game and let the rest take care of itself
“If it (an Australian call-up) happens, it happens. There is a lot of talent that can be chosen who have played a lot of ODI cricket before.
“I try not to (think about being selected for Australia) but it can be hard when it’s all over Facebook and on the Internet. My confidence is sky high at the moment and I would back myself in to do well,” Short said.
When asked about the drama that surrounded the 'obstruction' dismissal of Alex Ross in last night's clash, Short was happy to leave such matters to the umpires.
"I was on the boundary appealing for the run out. It's up the umpires and that's the decision they made," Short said.
Attention now turns to the return fixture of this match, with the Hurricanes and Heat set to lock horns once again at Blundstone Arena THIS Monday January 15.