Jos Buttler is one of world’s most destructive batsmen, says Steve Smith

Steve Smith is returning to top-flight after serving a one-year international ban for involvement in ball-tampering.

Steve Smith is happy to be back with Rajasthan Royals.   -  AFP

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.

Rajasthan Royals has tied up with the Star Cricket Academy in Surrey, England to re-launch the facility as the ‘Rajasthan Royals Academy.’

The centre has a state-of-the-art cricket centre named the Jarrett Centre, RR said in a press release.

It is an indoor cricket training centre run by former professional batsman Siddharth Lahiri, along with his team of coaches including former England international and mentor to the academy, Keith Medlycott.

Smith’s Australian teammate David Warner, who was also involved in the scandal, joined his respective team.

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Rajasthan will be playing its Indian Premier League opener against Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on March 26.

“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.

Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL under Shane Warne’s captaincy.