Paine said that he couldn’t lie to the Victorian after the latter had asked him about the chances of him making his debut at the DCG as he was too excited for his mate.
Pucovski rode his luck on his Test debut as India dropped two catches and a run-out opportunity on the opening day. However, the youngster looked solid and composed during his stay at the crease and eventually complied a brilliant 110-ball 62.
He was eventually dismissed by fellow debutant Navdeep Saini, who pinned him plumb in front courtesy of a pacy fullish length delivery.
“I might have a little bit of a confession to make actually. Because he (Pucovski) was in my room a couple of days ago and he sort of asked (if he would be making his debut). I couldn’t lie to him. I said, ‘You are playing, but don’t tell anyone.’ So I let it slip, but I was just excited for a mate,” Tim Paine said.
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Australian assistant coach Andrew McDonald had a few words of wisdom for young Will Pucovski as he handed him his baggy green.
Tim Paine said that it was an emotional moment for McDonald, who had coached the Victoria for three years in his formative years.
“He’s (McDonald) gone through a lot with him, in his development, on his Shield debut, and also through a lot of tough times for Will. I know they’ve got a great relationship and it was a really special moment for both of them,” added Tim Paine.