Prior to the WTC final and Ashes next month, star Australian batter Steve Smith is looking forward to playing for the same team in county cricket with Cheteshwar Pujara and “learning more about” him. As part of his preparation for the WTC final on June 7 and the highly anticipated Ashes match against England beginning on June 16, Smith is anticipated to play three games for Sussex against Worcestershire (May 4-7), Leicestershire (May 11-14), and a home game against Glamorgan (May 18-22).
Smith said that the IPL helped him become accustomed to playing with competing international cricketers, and he is keen to collaborate with Pujara, who has been leading Sussex this year.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Steve Smith have been part of some cracking matches as oppositions.
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“The day I decide not to continue improving and learning is the day I would definitely give up. As also, I’m eager to play with Puj (Pujara). I’ve played against him a lot and watched as he frequently scored runs against me. In the middle, hopefully, we can come to know one another better by spending some time together. How would it feel to play alongside Pujara one day, then the Indian hitter the next? “I’ve noticed that while watching you play in the IPL for years. You play for the same team.” We will take care of their relaxation afterwards, so while you are playing together, try your best to succeed as a team” Smith said to Sussex Cricket website.
When Sussex plays Glamorgan, Smith will face off against Australian teammate and friend Marnus Labsuschagne. They already had a laugh about it together.