Steve Smith: The talented Australian hitter Steven Smith will play three games for Sussex in the upcoming County Championship, marking his first appearance in the competition. In order to adequately prepare for the forthcoming Ashes, the middle-order batsman will play against Worcestershire, Leicestershire, and Glamorgan, which has incensed the English supporters much.

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Few supporters believe that Smith should not have been given the opportunity to play in the competition. So he can get accustomed to the conditions before the crucial Ashes. Which are scheduled to begin on June 16 at Edgbaston. Even though former England captain Michael Vaughan has applauded his decision.

Even going so far as to label Sussex a traitor. Ben Stokes, England’s red-ball captain, expressed disappointment in the news as well. Although he was pleased to see Smith play county cricket, he thinks the timing of it is poor. Because the player will acquire crucial playing time before the Ashes in 2023.

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Steve Smith: “I Guess It’s Good”: Ben Stokes

Steve Smith: Ben Stokes Reacts To Steve Smith's County Stint With Sussex
Steve Smith: Ben Stokes Reacts To Steve Smith’s County Stint With Sussex

“I guess it’s good for the county game to see players of Steve’s caliber want to come over and play. But I don’t know. I think it’s one of those where you’d probably prefer them not to get any game time out here before the Ashes. But at the same time, it is what it is. Not really. I’ve played a lot over there. I don’t think it’s going to change too much. I’m just going to play some cricket and have some fun. India and the Ashes are the biggest hurdles for Australian cricketers.”

Stokes said

The Australian cricketer has declared that he is unconcerned with what certain supporters are saying. And that he will only play in the County Championship for enjoyment.

Steve Smith’s Impact

Stokes will be hoping that the home team can stop the Australian batter. Who has smashed runs for pleasure all over the world regardless of the opponent or playing conditions? Ben Stokes, the captain of England’s Test team, has responded amid the social media uproar. According to BBC pundit Jonathan Agnew, neither the outcome of the July Ashes series nor Australia’s chances of winning the urn would be affected by Smith’s time at Sussex.

Stokes shared the BBC article and added, “Correct.” Former England cricketers, including Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan, have unanimously rejected that idea, calling it a “fantastic signing for our game.” Jonathan Agnew, a cricket correspondent for BBC and an ex-England bowler, too discounted the potential significance of Smith’s stint on the Ashes.

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