Youngster Will Pucovski is likely to miss the second Test of the four-match series against India after missing out from the opening Test in Adelaide.
Pucovski copped a hit on his helmet while batting for Australia A against India A at Drummoyne Oval in the first practice game. Will Pucovski suffered a concussion and was immediately taken off the field. Later he was ruled out of the first Test of Australia’s summer.
The hosts are already jolted back with the injury of David Warner. The left-hander injured his groin while fielding in the ODI series. Consequently, he was ruled out of the following 3-match T20I series against the same opposition and also from the recently concluded Adelaide Test.
Australia seemed to be in trouble with their opening combination after the injuries to the incumbent opener, David Warner and his likely opening partner, Will Pucvoski as an out-of-form Joe Burns opened with the makeshift opener, Matthew Wade.
Burns has regained his form and confidence with a half-century in the fourth innings chase and Wade also did exceptionally well to bunt out the new ball in both innings against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav.
It is being reported that while Warner has flown to Melbourne – to escape the covid-19 outbreak in Sydney – he is not match fit yet and may miss out on the second Test as well. Hence, Australia will continue with the same opening duo of Wade and Burns.
Will Pucovski suffered the 9th concussion of his career
It is reported that Will Pucoski is having lingering headaches from the concussion he attained by a bouncer from pacer Kartik Tyagi. Pucovski has shown similar symptoms in the past after head knocks. He is yet to return to the nets for batting practice and highly unlikely to participate in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. The 22-year-old is believed to have suffered the 9th concussion of his career – including through school football – in the warm-up match against India.
Before getting injured, the youngster was in contention for his Test debut after being in prolific form in domestic cricket. He averages 54 in first-class cricket- he notched a couple of double hundreds in his last two Sheffield Shield matches.
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