Victoria batsman Will Pucovski could be wearing the Baggy Green for the first time in a few days when Australia and India lock horns in the first of the four-match Test series at the Adelaide Oval. Will Pucovski, who has earned a selection on the back of some prolific form in Shield cricket, could be opening the innings with Joe Burns in the absence of David Warner. The 22-year old is keeping himself calm and collected ahead of a potential debut.
Will Pucovski smashed two double-centuries in three Shield matches for Victoria and currently has 1720 first-class runs in 22 games at 55.48 alongside six centuries and five fifties. With Joe Burns failing to click with the bat in the Shield season of 2020-21 and having a modest Australian summer of 2019-20, experts have backed Pucovski to open with Warner. However, with Warner suffering a groin injury and slated to struggle to make it to the first Test, Burns and Pucovski could make up the top-order pair.
Will Pucovski underlines he is ready for playing Tests and conceded that selection and injury are out of their control, claiming that David Warner could be a massive loss if missed the first Test. Pucovski added that it would only be one of those things if either of them plays in the Tests and hopes for Warner to get well as soon as possible. Moreover, he feels he might not be as far off from a debut having already reached the 17-man squad.
“It’s still just another ball coming down at you. Selection, injury and stuff like that is out of my control. Obviously, you never want anyone to be injured, especially such a good player and as a group, we would love to be available for the first Test. If I play in Adelaide, I play; if Dave gets up and I don’t play, it’s just one of those things. Hope he gets better as fast as possible. If you are in the 17-man [Test] squad you know you are pretty close either way. It’s not a huge difference, to be honest,” Pucovski told ESPN Cricinfo.
Joe and I get along really well: Will Pucovski
While Will Pucovski admits that he has not batted with Joe Burns; however, they get along quite well. According to the right-handed batsman, all that matters is understanding each other’s strengths and weakness and revealed having a few conversations to help each other.
“Joe and I get along really well, which is obviously a good start. We haven’t batted together heaps, but that’s cricket, you end up batting with people you don’t bat with very often – so long as you know how to bounce off each other, get each other going or know what each other requires that’s all that matters. We’ve had a few conversations, just about little things, to help each other through,” he added.