Short, who has collected the award for the second time (first was in 2011), scored his maiden JLT One-Day Cup century for the Warriors earlier in the summer.

The 27-year-old made his T20 international debut this summer for Australia as a result of a breakout KFC BBL|07 season for the Hobart Hurricanes, for which he was named Player of the Tournament with a competition-record 572 runs and a new BBL high score of 122.

“It’s definitely an honour to be named Indigenous Cricketer of the Year and I’m just happy to be noticed and acknowledge for the work that I’ve done,” Short said.

“I couldn’t have gotten to this stage without JL (Justin Langer) giving me the opportunity when no one else would. He showed me that I can train hard and get myself to where I now am.

“It’s been a really good summer of cricket and I think I’ve got a clearer plan on how I want to go about it and stick to that plan.

“I’m glad to be a role model for young Indigenous cricketers around the country, I want them to know that if you believe in your own abilities, work hard when you get given opportunities, your dreams can all come true.”

Short’s WA teammate Hilton Cartwright was equal second runner up in the Sheffield Shield Player of the Year voting.

 

* The Sheffield Shield Player of the Year voting system sees each standing umpire award a 3-2-1 vote to the players they adjudicated as best on ground in each match