Cricket prodigy floored by brutal bouncer

There was a scary moment at the Gabba on Monday when Victoria batsman Matthew Short was struck by a brutal Billy Stanlake bouncer in the Sheffield Shield, quickly hitting the deck.

Queensland paceman Stanlake — a 204cm paceman who has represented Australia in one-day cricket — bowled back of a good length, Short looking to evade the delivery.

However, the 24-year-old unfortunately ducked into the ball’s trajectory, and was struck on the shoulder blade near the neck.

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The ball considerably seamed in towards the body, and was reminiscent of Jofra Archer’s infamous delivery to Steve Smith during the 2019 Ashes series.

Not the kind of delivery ANYONE wants to face!

Thankfully, Matt Short is all right and batting on at the Gabba after this brute of a bouncer from Billy Stanlake #SheffieldShield

Captain Peter Handscomb immediately called for medics from the non-striker’s end, play briefly coming to halt.

Victoria were 3/74 on day one when the incident occurred, with Short on 12.

After consulting the medics, Short was able to continue his innings, and reached 98 before he was trapped LBW by pace bowler Xavier Bartlett. He has never scored a Sheffield Shield century, falling two runs short of a maiden milestone on Monday.

Matt Short's wait for a maiden #SheffieldShield ton goes on after spending 10 balls and a tea break just two runs away from the milestone…?

After 65 overs, Victoria are 8/264 in their first innings at the Gabba.


Since the 2005 Ashes series, Australia has been searching for their response to Andrew Flintoff.

Many all rounders have been trialled on the international stage — some performing more successfully than others — with Shane Watson, Mitch Marsh and Hilton Cartwright all awarded Test caps.

However, the future star of Australian cricket may have already been unearthed, with 20-year-old Cameron Green plundering his third Sheffield Shield century this season on Monday.

Facing Tasmania in Hobart, Green brought up triple figures in 214 balls, his classy innings featuring 12 boundaries.

Cameron Green averages 43.63 with the bat and 21.53 with the ball in first class cricketSource:AAP

The Western Australia has scored 564 first class runs at 70.50 this season — no other cricketer has managed three centuries in the 2019/20 Sheffield Shield.

Green also bowls at speeds above 140km/h, but had been unable to roll the arm over since acquiring a stress fracture in his back two months ago.

However, with a first class bowling average of 21.53, including two five-wicket hauls in 13 matches, Green could develop into a phenomenal Test all rounder when he recovers.

Runs again for Cameron Green. He'll give the Test side another dimension once he's back bowling. #SheffieldShield

Western Australia are 6/287 at stumps on day one, with Green on 105 not out.

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