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The Adelaide Strikers will have a new captain for the KFC BBL|13 season, with Matt Short to become the sixth skipper of the men’s side.
It’s the latest feather in Short’s cap, with recent Australia T20 and ODI debuts, following his involvement in the Indian Premier League with the Punjab Kings.
Since joining the Strikers in the 2018/19 season, the all-rounder has become a crucial member of the Adelaide side, highlighted by his Player of the Tournament season last year in BBL|12.
He became the first Striker to win the award, off the back of his 458 run and 11 wicket season.
In that season, he stood-in as captain for a number of games, impressing with his leadership.
Short is looking forward to taking on his new role.
“Adelaide and the Strikers has been my summer home for five years now, I love the city and the club so to be named captain of the Strikers is a real honour,” Short said.
“I really enjoyed the little taste of captaincy I got last season and I’m excited to put my full attention to it in BBL|13.
“I think we’ve got a really great list this season and I can’t wait to see what we can do together, starting on Saturday night in front of our home fans.”
Adelaide Strikers Head Coach Jason Gillespie said he is excited to see Short flourish in this role.
“Matt was a standout choice to take on the captaincy at the Adelaide Strikers and we are thrilled to announce him as our sixth captain,” Gillespie said.
“When he stepped up last year we were very impressed with his leadership and we are looking forward to seeing him grow further into the role.”
The news of Short’s captaincy comes after he signed a three-year deal to remain at the Strikers earlier in the year.
Adelaide’s BBL|13 season gets underway on Saturday night with a home fixture against the Brisbane Heat. Get your tickets to the match here.