Australia will likely breathe a sigh of relief as Will Pucovski is expected to be available for selection ahead of the third Test against India. Will Pucovski could have likely debuted in Adelaide and opened had it not been for the concussion he suffered during the warm-up game against India. In his absence, the management promoted Matthew Wade at the top alongside Joe Burns.
Will Pucovski has suffered a concussion multiple times during his professional career. On this occasion, the 22-year old copped a blow from India pacer Kartik Tyagi in the first warm-up match at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney. Pucovski could not bat further and was not only forced out of the second warm-up but also the opening Test in Adelaide.
The Victorian batsman got the nod on the back of some terrific run-scoring spree in Sheffield Shield this year. The right-handed batsman clattered two double-centuries and averages a daunting 54.50 in 23 matches with 1744 runs. In 23 fixtures, Pucovski has six centuries and five fifties and could have made a difference against India.
Will Pucovski resumed batting in the nets:
As per a report from Foxsports.com.au, Will Pucovski has begun batting in the nets. However, he still needs a clearance from the neurologist before his selection gets confirmed. If confirmed, the right-handed batsman could replace Joe Burns at the top of the order and partner David Warner, provided he is declared fit for the third match.
Currently, Australia has top-order issues since Joe Burns remains terribly out of form and Matthew Wade, the makeshift opener is lacking support from his partner. In the absence of David Warner, the home side has struggled for the tempo to put pressure on the Indian bowlers. That has led to increased pressure on the middle-order as Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith have also found it challenging to get going.