He will be in contention for a spot in next year’s T20 World Cup squad, although there is tough competition for top-order batting slots alongside Head, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and Steven Smith.
At the end of the recent T20I series in India, Short was given a chance to bat lower down the order to see how he performs in a finishing role.
“Matt was a standout choice to take on the captaincy at the Adelaide Strikers, and we are thrilled to announce him as our sixth captain,” said Strikers head coach Jason Gillespie. “When he stepped up last year, we were very impressed with his leadership, and we are looking forward to seeing him grow further into the role.”
Short added: “I really enjoyed the little taste of captaincy I got last season, and I’m excited to put my full attention to it in BBL13.”
Strikers are unlikely to see much of Head or Alex Carey for this season’s tournament due to the Test schedule, although there is a chance they could make an appearance between the Pakistan and West Indies series in mid-January.
Strikers finished seventh last season with just five wins from 14 matches. They will open this campaign against Brisbane Heat in Adelaide on Saturday.