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Steve Smith arrives for IPL, seeks redemption with Rajasthan Royals

Steve Smith and David Warner met with their Australia team mates in the United Arab Emirates to smooth the ground for their return to international cricket when their bans expire at the end of the month.

cricket Updated: Mar 17, 2019 13:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Steve Smith joined the Rajasthan Royals ahead of the new IPL season.(Rajasthan Royals)

Steve Smith joined the Rajasthan Royals camp ahead of the new season of the Indian Premier League and the former Australia skipper will surely be looking to seek redemption after serving his one year ban.

Smith played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kochi Tuskers, Pune Warriors and Rising Pune Supergiant before joining Rajasthan Royals in 2018. However, after being banned by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball tampering incident, Smith’s contract was terminated by the BCCI.

“Great to be back here in Jaipur with the Royals family, and I can’t wait for this year’s edition of the IPL to start,” said Smith in a video posted by the franchise on Twitter.

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Earlier, Smith and David Warner met with their Australia team mates in the United Arab Emirates to smooth the ground for their return to international cricket when their bans expire at the end of the month.

The pair, whose year-long bans for ball-tampering expire this month, were invited by coach Justin Langer as part of their re-integration after the scandal in South Africa that rocked the cricketing world.

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Australia are in Dubai as they prepare for an upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates following their upset one-day series win against India

“It seems like some really good energy among the team at the moment,” Smith told cricket.com.au.

“It’s great to be back around the group, they’ve been really welcoming and almost like we’ve never left,” he added.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Mar 17, 2019 13:12 IST