Smith calls Jos Buttler one of world’s most ‘destructive bat 

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New Delhi: The returning Steve Smith has called his Rajasthan Royals teammate Jos Buttler one of the “most destructive batters” in international cricket, heaping rich praise on the England wicketkeeper.

The Australian run-machine is returning to top-flight after serving a one-year international ban for involvement in ball-tampering.

“Playing alongside Buttler will be great, batting with him makes things easier for me. He’s an exciting player and one of the most destructive batters around the world,” Smith said during a live interaction on the franchise’s social media platform.

After missing the last season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Steve Smith has joined his team Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming edition. He touched down India a few days ago and now sweating out at the nets to begin the campaign.

Meanwhile, he praised teammate Jos Buttler saying the England international is one of the most destructive batsmen around the world and he really excited to play alongside him.

“Playing alongside Buttler will be great, batting with him makes things easier for me. He’s an exciting player and one of the most destructive batters around the world. I’m really excited to play with him,” Smith said during a presser.

Smith returned the side after serving out a one-year international suspension for ball-tampering scandal. His Australian teammate David Warner, who is also involved in the scandal, joined his respective team.

Rajasthan will be playing their league opener against Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, on March 26.

“The Rajasthan Royals are a great franchise… Great people and hopefully we have a great year. It will be great – never got the chance to play in Jaipur with the Royals… I am sure the fans will come out in big numbers and support us,” Smith said.

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