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Cheteshwar Pujara has continued his fine form for Sussex. On Day 2 of their match against Middlesex in the County Championship Division Two, Pujara scored his third double ton this season. Courtesy Pujara’s double ton, Sussex crossed the 500-run mark in the first innings. Pujara was the last wicket to fall for Sussex on Wednesday. He ended on 231 off 403 balls. Earlier, in the season Pujara had made a comeback to the Indian Test side after some solid performances for Sussex. Watch: Pujara scores double ton for Sussex yet again
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Cheteshwar Pujara on Tuesday was named interim captain for Sussex following the news that Tom Haines will be out for around 5-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his hand whilst batting against Leicestershire last week. Pujara has been one of the prolific run-scorers for the county this season and has scored more than 750 runs this season in the six matches that he has played in the County Championship Division 2.
Head Coach Ian Salisbury in an official statement, said: “Puj was very keen to step up in the absence of Tom, he sees the potential in this side and has been a natural leader ever since he joined.”
“Finny did a brilliant job for us after Tom was injured and will remain the senior figure among our bowlers,” he added.
Pujara returned to India’s playing XI for the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston on the back of strong performances for Sussex.
“By having a batter take up the role it means Finn can focus on leading our attack. Puj is a vastly experienced and quality person who I know will do a fantastic job,” said Sussex coach in his statement.
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