Pujara rejoins Nottinghamshire for promotion push

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has returned to English domestic side Nottinghamshire for the remainder of the County Championship as they look to secure promotion from Division Two.

Pujara played the first four matches for Notts this season, scoring 223 runs at at average of 44.6 – including 112 in the victory over Gloucestershire in late May.

The right-hander then joined up with his national side for the Test series in Sri Lanka, hitting 309 runs at 77.25, including two centuries, as India whitewashed their hosts three-nil.

Pujara will play the final four County Championship games for the log-leaders – home and away fixtures against Northamptonshire, as well as the matches against Worcestershire (home) and Sussex (away).

Peter Moores, Nottinghamshire’s head coach, said: “The great thing is that he has already been in the squad this season and he fitted in so well both 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.”