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    Pujara re-joins Notts for end of Champ season

    Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will re-join Nottinghamshire for the final four Championship matches of 2017 as they seek a return to Division One

    Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will re-join Nottinghamshire for the final four Specsavers County Championship games of the 2017 season as they seek a return to Division One at the first time of asking.

    Currently top of Division Two by 35 points, Notts welcome back Pujara for the home and away fixtures against Northamptonshire, as well as the matches against Worcestershire (at Trent Bridge) and Sussex (at Hove).

    The 29-year-old featured in four games earlier in the summer, scoring 223 runs at an average of 44.6, including 112 in the victory over Gloucestershire in late May.

    The right-hander was also recently part of the Indian side who beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in their recent Test series, scoring 309 runs at 77.25, including two centuries, in the process.

    “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,” said head cioach Peter Moores.

    “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.”

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