Pu­jara back at Trent Bridge as Notts look to se­cure ti­tle

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CHETESH­WAR Pu­jara is re­turn­ing to Trent Bridge as Not­ting­hamshire look to se­cure the Di­vi­sion Two ti­tle this year.

Notts are sit­ting pretty at the top of the ta­ble and Pu­jara, who played four matches for the county ear­lier this sum­mer, is head­ing back for the fi­nal four games.

Pu­jara, 29, made 223 runs in five in­nings for Notts ear­lier this year, in­clud­ing a cen­tury against Glouces­ter­shire and head coach Peter Moores is look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing the In­dian bats­man back to th­ese shores.

Moores said: “The great thing is he has al­ready been in the squad this sea­son and fit­ted in so well on and off the field.

“He is a fan­tas­tic player, and since he has been away he has had a great time of it in the Test matches for In­dia.

“So we are get­ting a guy who is com­ing back in form and for the team spirit, Pudji com­ing back in is a huge boost for ev­ery­body.

“We have got two re­ally big home games against Northants and Worces­ter, be­cause it is a chance for us to put pres­sure on two sides that are up there with us.

“Runs on the board at Trent Bridge is al­ways a big in­flu­ence and hav­ing a player of Test match qual­ity in Pudji is a real bonus.”

Pu­jara has made 51 Test ap­pear­ances for his coun­try, mak­ing 13 cen­turies in­clud­ing two in the re­cent se­ries vic­tory over Sri Lanka.

He av­er­ages over 52 at Test level, with a first-class av­er­age even higher at 58.12.

Re­turn: Chetesh­war Pu­jara

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