Matt Short is in doubt for the third one-day international of Australia’s series against West Indies after reporting hamstring tightness during Australia’s 83-run win at the SCG.
The injury prevented batting allrounder Short from fielding on Sunday as West Indies attempted to chase down 259 runs for victory.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Aussies win ODI series with SCG victory.
Watch, Stream & Catch Up with Australia’s Home of Cricket on 7plus >>
Mackenzie Harvey replaced Short in the field and caught paceman Alzarri Joseph from Will Sutherland’s bowling late in the win, which sealed a series victory for Australia.
“(Short) will be reviewed by medical staff in the coming days,” a statement from Cricket Australia read.
A powerful ball-striker with the ability to bowl handy off-spin overs, Short is now in a race to line up in the final match of the series at Manuka Oval on Tuesday.
Matt Short is in a race to be fit for the third ODI. Credit: Getty
The injury was a disappointing end to a successful week where Short was named BBL player of the season and announced he and Olympic swimmer partner Madi Wilson are expecting.
Sutherland debuted at the SCG after pacemen Lance Morris and Xavier Bartlett were rested ahead of the match in Canberra, and he could now hold his spot if Short is unavailable and selectors want to replace him with an allrounder.
Boxing Day Test hero learns fate over mid-match injury concern
England greats erupt over young gun’s ‘spirit of cricket’ faux pas
Paceman Spencer Johnson, recently named player of the match in the BBL final, will also join the squad for the third ODI as star paceman Josh Hazlewood drops out of the squad.
Hazlewood was brought in for the second match of the series but will remain behind when the squad travels to Canberra on Monday and rest up before this month’s tour of New Zealand.
On a tough SCG wicket, Short posted Australia’s second-highest score (41) and his best from four ODIs so far.
He forged a 51-run partnership with Aaron Hardie that helped steady Australia’s innings, which appeared in trouble at 4-89.
Short was caught and bowled by Gudakesh Motie before he could reach a maiden ODI half-century, as Australia finished at 9-258 in pursuit of a series victory.
One eye on the future
Sean Abbott believes Australia’s series victory against West Indies has unearthed long-term stars of the future.
Only four players who played in last year’s victorious World Cup final were available for both of Australia’s two matches since, leading four debutants to earn selection across the pair of wins.
Quicks Xavier Bartlett and Lance Morris each earned their first caps in the eight-wicket defeat of West Indies at the MCG on Friday, with Bartlett earning player of the match honours.
Swashbuckling batter Jake Fraser-McGurk and allrounder Will Sutherland were selected for their own debuts on Sunday, when the hosts closed out the series with an 83-run victory at the SCG.
Only three members of Australia’s champion World Cup squad are under 30, emphasising the need for the side to begin assessing its options for the coming years.
Will Sutherland took two wickets on debut. Credit: MARK EVANS/AAPIMAGE
Bowling allrounder Abbott, player of the match in the SCG win, is confident that process is going swimmingly.
“We’ve seen four debutants already who have gone about it in different ways,” said Abbott, who scored 69 and took 3-40.
“But I think they’ve jumped on the front foot early and they look ready to keep playing.
“I think there are some long-term options that we’ve seen there already.”
Fraser-McGurk played a fierce and fleeting innings on debut, smacking Alzarri Joseph down the ground for four and over deep square leg for six before being caught behind on 10 runs.
A shining light for Melbourne Renegades in this summer’s BBL, Fraser-McGurk attempted a slog on the very first ball of the innings.
“I’m not going to quote what he said but we knew he was going to go out and take it on,” Abbott said.
Sutherland posted figures of 2-28 with the ball and took a leaping catch to dismiss Justin Greaves (8) as Australia restricted the tourists to 175 in their pursuit of 259 for victory.
The Victorian captain also impressed Abbott with his maturity during the pair’s 57-run partnership for the eighth wicket of Australia’s innings at the crease.
“We were obviously under a bit of pressure,” Abbott said.
“As soon as we started talking I knew he was ready for it. The game plan was pretty simple, just get together and rotate the strike and hopefully be there around the 45th over.
“He went about it beautifully and then he did the same with the ball.”