Short never doubted Australia's record-breaking chase

D'Arcy Short was always confident Australia's batsmen could reel in New Zealand in their Twenty20 international on Friday, despite requiring a record-breaking chase to win.

Western Australia's Short, who made his international debut earlier in the trans-Tasman tri-series, played a prominent role with 76 runs as the tourists chased down a target of 244 to beat the Black Caps in Auckland and retain their perfect record at four wins from four.

A stunning chase - the biggest in T20 international history - was completed with seven balls remaining, and Short insists his belief never wavered even as New Zealand put up a commanding total.

"I think we always believed we could do it," he said afterwards. "When we came in at half-time, chasing 240, we knew we would have to do it from the start and we had enough firepower to pull it off.

"I didn't have any doubt in myself. I knew we had to score from ball one, basically. We got off to a good start.

"And I think we brought it back really well with the ball. We could have been chasing 260, 270, but the bowlers brought it back to a target we felt we could chase."

On his impressive start in an Australia shirt, Short added: "I've always had confidence.

"[Assistant coach] Ricky Ponting just told me to keep playing like I do in the Big Bash League, so that's what I did and it worked."

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