Steve Smith is all set to captain his side, Rajasthan Royals, in its first game that is to be played against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 22nd September. The batting sensation was left out for Australia vs England One-Day International series as he was hit a throw by the bowling coach in the pre-match training.
He did not get even one of the three ODIs but as of now, he will be leading RR in their inaugural match. Andrew Mcdonald, who is the head coach of the side, is super excited to see Smith in action.
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“Yeah, obviously I missed the last three one-dayers in England. Been in Dubai for a couple of days now with some good rest and then got into a bit of running. Yesterday I did a bit of zig-zag running, which is part of the protocols to pass to get back to play and today I’ll have a hit in the nets. Hopefully, pull up well from the hit and be good to play tomorrow,” said Smith as quoted by Inside Sport.
“Chennai and Mumbai both have been two really strong teams for a long time now. We obviously watched a bit of the game the other night, the Super Kings played really well to get over the line in the end. Hopefully, we can put on a really good show and get our campaign off to a good start,” he added.
“Fantastic news that Steve is available. It’s fantastic especially on the back of some setbacks back in the UK. It’s obviously great to have your skipper available for the first game as I’ve said before we are in really good hands. In terms of the rest of the squad, we couldn’t be happier with their preparation. We’ve got what we needed, having been here nice and early to get our preparation going on the back of the long lay-off,” Mcdonald said.