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Pujara to play alongside Smith for Sussex to get sneak peek into preparations

WTC final between India and Australia will be held at the Oval from June 7-11

PTI Hove Published 02.05.23, 06:00 AM
Cheteshwar Pujara.

Cheteshwar Pujara. File photo

Cheteshwar Pujara will get a chance to have a sneak peek into Steve Smith’s preparations ahead of the World Test Championship final starting on June 7, as the former Australian skipper gears up to play three English County games for Sussex this month.

The WTC final between India and Australia will be held at the Oval from June 7-11. Pujara is leading Sussex in the red ball tournament.

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The skipper at No. 3 followed by Smith at No. 4 could be one of the most high-profile combinations in DivisionTwo of English County Championships.

The three matches that Smith is expected to play for Sussex will be away games against Worcestershire (May 4-7), Leicestershire (May 11-14) and a home against Glamorgan (May 18-22).

“We have spoken, but most of the time we have played against each other. It is never for the same team, so it will be exciting to have him on the same side,” Pujara told Sussex Cricket after the recent game against Gloucestershire.

“I will try and get his thoughts, try and know him a little better.”

Pujara admitted that it will be mixed feelings, playing alongside Smith with whom he would be locked in a tough fight within three weeks of sharing the dressing room.

“We will be playing the WTC final, so it will be mixed feelings. On field we always have good battles, but off the field we are good friends.”

Pujara, who is currently leading the second division batting charts with 332 runs from five innings with two centuries this season, termed Smith as a “great influence to have in the team.”

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