SOUTHS batsman Jack Carty says he doesn't consider himself a specialist Twenty20 player.
But the 17-year-old's impressive batting record this summer speaks for itself.
Carty has been a powerhouse at the crease for Souths and ranks among the competition's leading run-scorers with 150.
Even more remarkable is that Carty is yet to be dismissed in his three T20 innings for the Magpies which puts him in the unique position of having an incalculable batting average.
But the modest Carty played down his streak of unbeaten knocks.
"I've been lucky enough to get a few runs. It can go either way in T20," he said.
"Sometimes you can get out early but I've been able to go on with it.
"I don't usually pride myself as much of a T20-type batsman.
"I've been working on my batting all round at training and it's paid off in the T20."
Carty is hoping to carry that excellent form into tonight's do-or-die clash with University at Heritage Oval.
Northern Brothers Diggers are already through to next Friday's grand final, meaning the other spot comes down to tonight's encounter.
It would be a long-awaited return to finals action for the Magpies after enduring years without success.
Souths started the summer without a win in the one-day competition but they have hit their straps in the 20-over format.
"It's been nice for a change. We hadn't usually done too well in T20," Carty said.
"I don't think we've done anything different. We've worked well as a team and executed our bowling plans in the field.
"It's been a bit of a rough trot for the club but we've turned it around this year in all grades."
Souths are also pushing for a two-day finals berth in third place with two rounds left in the regular season.
Carty starts university in Brisbane next week but said he was still keen to play a role in the Magpies' finals assault.
"I'll travel back every Saturday to finish the summer and hopefully push for some finals spots," he said.
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