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Steve Smith on Ben Stokes’ availability for Rajasthan Royals

Source: IPL

Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Steve Smith said that the team’s inability to get off to a good start in their innings has hurt them in recent games. RR succumbed to a third consecutive defeat on Tuesday when they lost to Mumbai Indians by 57 runs.

“I think losing wickets early doesn’t help, we haven’t been able to get off to a good start in the last three games,” said Smith after the match. “Outside of Jos (Buttler) and (Jofra) Archer at the end, we have a bit of work to do on our batting.”

Smith, however, said that the current run of form is no reason to panic. “I don’t think we need to panic too much, it is just about implementing our plans and playing some good cricket for longer. We haven’t been able to do that in the last three games and we have to turn it around quickly. Hopefully get a bit of momentum,” he said.

The 2008 champions are awaiting the return of star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is undergoing the mandatory quarantine after arriving in the UAE recently.

“He (Stokes) is not out till the 10th I think. He is not too far away, hopefully we can get a few wins before he’s back and then gain momentum,” said Smith.

The addition of Stokes brings much needed experience, stability and fire-power to the middle order.

Stokes has been in prolific form for England across all-formats in the last few years and will be expected to hit the ground running in IPL 2020 for the Royals to make a come-back in the tournament.

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