Steve Smith In Joining Cheteshwar Pujara At Sussex
Star Australian batter Steve Smith is all set to make his county debut for Sussex and play three games against Worcestershire, Leicestershire, and Glamorgan. This will be a part of his preparation for the World Test Championship final from June 7 and the Ashes battle against England starting June 16. Smith is excited about his upcoming debut and is looking forward to learning more about Cheteshwar Pujara, who has been leading Sussex this season.
Smith, who has been playing alongside rival international players in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is eager to play with Pujara and hopes to spend some time with him in the middle. "The day I don't want to keep getting better and learning is the day I would probably call it quits. I am keen to play with Puj (Pujara) as well. I have played against him a lot, seen him score a lot of runs against me. Hopefully, we can spend a bit of time together in the middle and learn more about each other," he said in an interview with Sussex Cricket website.
Smith further spoke about playing with and against Pujara in the space of a few days. He said that playing with each other is a common thing in the IPL and they try their best to succeed as a team. However, they take care of the rest later on.
Smith is also excited to be up against his Australian teammate and friend Marnus Labsuschagne when Sussex takes on Glamorgan. They have already had a bit of banter, and Smith is looking forward to having some good fun on the field.
"It is nice to be here. I have always wanted to play county cricket, and it is going to be my first time, which is hard to believe," Smith added. He also spoke about the upcoming Ashes series, saying that it is going to be an exciting summer. England has been playing some incredible cricket over the last 12 months, which is very different from what they have seen before, and Australia has also been playing well.
Smith's county stint will be crucial in his preparation for the World Test Championship final and the Ashes series. He is currently one of the world's best batsmen and has played a significant role in Australia's success in Test cricket. Smith will be hoping to carry his good form into the upcoming matches and help Australia retain the Ashes urn.
County cricket has always been a great platform for international cricketers to hone their skills and prepare for international cricket. It provides them with an opportunity to play in different conditions and against different opposition, which helps them improve their game. Smith is no exception, and he will be hoping to make the most of his time with Sussex and prepare himself for the challenges ahead.
Steve Smith's county debut is eagerly awaited by cricket fans worldwide. His stint with Sussex will be crucial in his preparation for the upcoming World Test Championship final and the Ashes series. Smith's presence will also add value to Sussex's team and provide them with a much-needed boost. We wish him all the best for his county stint and hope that he continues to entertain cricket fans worldwide with his exceptional skills.