Matt Short has seamlessly returned to domestic cricket with yet another hundred to steer Victoria out of trouble against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield.
Released last week from the Australian World Cup camp in India, the 27-year-old resumed dominant all-format form he has had since the last BBL tournament, digging Victoria out of a perilous position at 3-19 to 9-232 after the Bulls sent the visitors into bat in Mackay.
Short displayed impressive restraint in his first red ball game since last season, hitting only eight boundaries in his 100 off 175 balls as he anchored partnerships with Will Sutherland (28), Sam Harper (29) and Mitch Perry (37).
The tall right-hander broke a long hundred drought in professional cricket with the Adelaide Strikers in January before it unleashed a flood of centuries in first-class and limited overs cricket.
This was his fourth first-class century since February as he put himself firmly in the frame for a future Test middle order berth in addition to his white ball prospects.
Victorian captain Sutherland was motoring along before Jack Clayton dived to his right to take a sharp catch at backward square leg off Jack Wildermuth’s bowling.
Gurinder Sandhu claimed 3-63 for the Bulls while Wildermuth and Mitch Swepson both took two wickets.
Mark Steketee struck first in the second over when he claimed the important wicket of Marcus Harris, with the Test hopeful edging to second slip for a duck in his first game back after time away for the birth of his first child.
Victoria was bowled out for 253 midway through the final session at Great Barrier Reef Arena.
Queensland captain Usman Khawaja was surprisingly rested from the clash to manage his workloads, along with Victorian fast bowler Scott Boland as the duo work towards the upcoming Test series against Pakistan and West Indies.