Ali Orr is a budding star in the cricketing world and 2023 could be the year that he really makes his impact felt. And that is because the Sussex Cricket team has recruited Steve Smith, one of the greatest batsmen to ever play the game according to International Cricket Council’s all-time Test batting rankings. Sussex Cricket is incredibly proud to have Smith join their ranks and Orr is excited to have the chance to learn from one of the greatest technicians in the game.
The cricketing world has long been in awe of Smith’s unorthodox, yet highly effective batting style and Orr believes there is much to learn from the former Australian captain. Orr understands that his own batting technique may differ to Smith’s and hopes to build up his consistency and define short-term goals to become a more successful hitter.
Pakistan’s Cheteshwar Pujara will make a comeback to the Hove ground this month, as the team’s captain. Pujara was the only Sussex player to out-score Orr in Division Two Cricket last year and the young Eastbourne-born academy product knows that learning from two of the very best in the game is an opportunity too good to miss.
Sussex Cricket has been through a rough patch over the past few years, getting relegated to Division One after dominating the tournament from 2001 to 2015. This lack of success has been seen as a sign of immaturity, however this could all change shortly. With Paul Farbrace as head coach and Smith’s arrival, the team morale is as high as ever and Orr, alongside his teammates, are excited to start their championship and look for positive, attacking cricket that could lead to eight wins, 226 points, and ultimately promotion back to Division One.
The former Sri Lanka boss has always been passionate about cricket and his ambitious goals are something the Sussex Cricket will strive to achieve. The young group of players are particularly inspired by his appointment, and the mentality and positivity shifting towards the team, which could be their key to success.
Steve Smith is one of the most decorated players in cricket history and currently holds the 2nd highest rank in ICC all-time Test batting rankings. He will be featuring in an Ashes pre-series for Sussex in the next few months. Many youngsters, including the 20-year-old Ali Orr, have stressed their excitement to learn more from Smith, who is considered one of the best batsmen of his time. His 30 centuries and 59.80 average are likely to be key in helping Sussex achieve their goals of promotion.