India v Australia ODIs - Men's

Turner to team up with Smith in IPL

Scorchers sensation will get opportunity to learn from Australia's best at Rajasthan ahead of World Cup

AAP

12 March 2019, 09:55 AM AEST

Phone has been going non-stop: Turner

Ashton Turner can't wait to learn from the best during the Indian Premier League, especially teammate Steve Smith.

Turner, one of two Australians bought in this year's auction, was snapped up by Smith's franchise Rajasthan Royals.

At risk of being Australia's hard-luck story when Smith returns, Turner has nonetheless catapulted into World Cup calculations with a single innings.

The 26-year-old showed remarkable composure in his second ODI, producing a 43-ball knock of 84 not out that helped Australia complete a record chase of 359 against India.

Turner admitted after the pressure-laden performance that "you'd be crazy if you were here and not thinking about" the prospect of playing in a World Cup.

Turner will face India in Wednesday's series decider, head to the UAE on Thursday for a five-match ODI series against Pakistan then start his maiden IPL season alongside Smith.

"I've met him a few times - a few text messages recently," Turner said.

"Every encounter I've had with him, he's been really good to me.

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"So many of the guys have talked about how valuable he is as a teammate and how much they learn from him. I can't wait.

"I'll be trying to bat in his net as much as I can."

Turner, who admitted he's been nervous speaking to Matthew Hayden in the nets on the current tour, remains similarly starstruck about Smith.

"He's a superstar. I still pinch myself when his name comes up on my phone," he said.

"I'm sure he's thinking about the IPL, so am I in the back of my mind, but we've got a really big game in Delhi then we go to the UAE for another big series."

Justin Langer, who coached Turner at Western Australia and Perth Scorchers prior to replacing Darren Lehmann as mentor of the national side, is yet to given any indication regarding his World Cup prospects.

"It's a conversation that doesn't really need to be had. There's a massive carrot of the World Cup," Turner said.

"I knew that my opportunities in this squad were probably going to be limited. I knew when I did get a crack it was up to me to show what I can do." 

Qantas Tour of India

First T20: Australia won by three wickets

Second T20: Australia won by seven wickets

First ODI: India won by six wickets

Second ODI: India won by eight runs

Third ODI: Australia won by 32 runs

Fourth ODI: Australia won by four wickets

Fifth ODI: March 13, Delhi