Australia’s latest batting sensation Will Pucovski was forced to retire hurt during the just-concluded tour game between India A and Australia after suffering yet another blow to the head. The incident took place during Australia A’s innings when the highly-rated batsman was facing Kartik Tyagi.
Will Pucovski was batting on 23 when he got into an awkward position trying to play a Tyagi bouncer. He ducked to get away from the line of the ball but took his eyes off the ball and was hit on the head before dropping to his haunches, in a worrying turn of events. The players and the umpires soon rushed to his help while he was lying on the field.
The 22-year-old was then escorted off Drummoyne Oval by medical staff. Australia A captain Travis Head and Marcus Harris then saw out the day as the three-day first-class fixture ended in a draw. Will Pucovski has significant history of concussions in his short career and the latest incident will be worrying for him.
Here is a clip of the incident:
Fingers crossed for Will Pucovksi, who's retired hurt after this nasty blow to the helmet.
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Will Pucovski is being tipped to open the innings for Australia in the upcoming Test series against India. While the race for the second opener’s slot is between him and Joe Burns, both of them could play the series-opener since the incumbent David Warner is sidelined with a groin injury.
The young batsman has become a strong contender for the opener’s slot after impressing in domestic circuit. He was included in Australia A as well as the Test squads after scoring consecutive double hundreds in Sheffield Shield. Several former Australia captains like Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell, Michael Clarke have already weighed in on the discussion and have said that they would like to him open the innings with David Warner.
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