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Steve Smith, the top order Australian batsman who is currently reigning in ongoing Indian Premier League series is all set to pack his bags and return back to Australia for preparing himself ahead of this ICC World Cup 2019 starting from May 30 till July 14. The recently appointed skipper of Rajasthan Royals, Smith will leave his franchise after the match against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) which is going to held on April 30 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The 29-year-old Australian cricketer said on the development,” We lose a few players now. Jofra and Stokesy (Stokes) are off tonight, they go back to England now – two big holes to fill. He also added, “I am here for 13 games. After the Bangalore one, I’ll be heading back. Hopefully, I can contribute and see if we can get a few more wins.

Royals will next play their match against Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Saturday at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Earlier, Royals have won their last match against Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets at the astonishing pitch of Eden Gardens on Thursday. Royals chased down the paltry target of 176 runs with the clever batting skills of Riyan Parag and Ajinkya Rahane. Moreover, the match against the Knights was the farewell match for England superstars Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer as they are also heading back to their squad for World Cup training sessions.

Rajasthan Royals squad for IPL 2019: Steve Smith (Skipper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Ajinkya Rahane,  Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi,  Ben Stokes,  Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror  Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Riyan Parag, Shubham Ranjane, Manan Vohra