D’Arcy Short burst onto the national cricket scene during a standout season in BBL|07 in the 2017-18 summer. His journey began when he relocated from Darwin to Perth, driven by the pursuit of a professional cricket career. After making his List A debut in 2011, he had to wait another five years before getting another opportunity to represent Western Australia. This chance came when injuries created an opening for him during the 2016 one-day cup.
Under the guidance of state coach Justin Langer, Short was encouraged to get into better shape. He responded by shedding several kilograms during the 2017 off-season while consistently piling on the runs in WACA Premier Cricket, playing for both Gosnells and Willetton. This period marked the transformation of Short as he forced his way into the Warriors’ 50-over team for the 2017 JLT One-Day Cup. His impact was immediate, as he smashed a remarkable century while helping WA secure the title.
Shortly after, the left-handed spin-bowling allrounder made his Sheffield Shield debut against Tasmania at the WACA Ground. However, it was in the Big Bash League (BBL) where he truly excelled. Opening the batting for the Hobart Hurricanes, he was named the player of the tournament for BBL|07. Short also claimed the title of the leading run-scorer, hit the most sixes in the season, and set a new league record for the highest individual score with a blazing century at the Gabba.
His remarkable BBL performance caught the attention of the Rajasthan Royals, who secured him for A$775,000 in the Indian Premier League. Additionally, he received his first T20 international call-up in February 2018 as part of a trans-Tasman T20 tri-series featuring England, making him the sixth indigenous player to represent Australia in this format.