Former Australian Test opener and its current head coach Justin Langer has conceded that he is a bit ‘worried’ about talented opening batsman Will Pucovski after the youngster suffered his ninth concussion in a recent warm-up game against India.
Will Pucovski had emerged as a front runner in solving Australia’s opening ruddle courtesy his brilliant form in the 2020/21 Shield season where he smoked back-to-back double-hundreds. However, he suffered an unfortunate blow on his head courtesy a pacy bumper from Kartik Tyagi in the first warm-up game, eventually ruling him out from the first Test.
“Will has had multiple concussions now. We’re obviously keeping a close eye on him. He’s back home with his family at the moment,” Justin Langer was quoted as saying by ‘Fox Sports’.
Justin Langer added that Will Pucovski would have received his ‘baggy green’ had he not suffered a concussion. He is, however, hopeful that the youngster will recover in time for the upcoming Tests.
“I’m worried about Will because he got hit again the other day, and he almost certainly would have played this first Test match, so I feel for him,” added the former Test opener.
“He’ll recover well then we just have to keep following the protocols. If they go through the stages and are fit for selection then we have a choice to select them or not … if they don’t, it’s taken out of our hands.” Justin Langer added.
Justin Langer, who had himself suffered numerous blows to his head during his career, said that bouncers are a part of the game.
“It’s part of the game. Unfortunately, we get hit. I can only go from personal experience, what I’ve felt and also seen. But If you can get through it then there’s no reason why you can’t have a long and very, very successful domestic and hopefully international career,” Langer added.