Will Pucovski, the right-handed Australian batsman, has been released to return home from the ongoing Sri Lanka Tests after asking to continue his rehabilitation over mental health issues. Also Read - IND vs AUS 2021: Mohammed Siraj Remembers His Late Father Afer Picking up Maiden Five-Wicket Haul in Brisbane, Says Can't Express My Feelings in Words | WATCH VIDEO
The 21-year-old was left out of the XI for both the Brisbane and Canberra Tests, leaving him to travel back to Melbourne to recommence his recovery process from problems he faced earlier in the summer. Also Read - AUS vs IND 4th Test: Ricky Ponting Feels Drawn Test Series Will be Worse Result Than Loss on 2018-19 Tour
“Will Pucovski has been released from the men’s Test squad and will return home to Melbourne to continue managing his well being,” ICC quoted team doctor Richard Saw, as saying in a release. Also Read - IND vs AUS: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar Heap Special Praise on Mohammed Siraj-Shardul Thakur For Impressive Show in 4th Test Brisbane, Says Boy Has Become Man on This Tour
“He reported some challenges over the past few days, and the decision has been made that the best thing for Will’s welfare is for him to return home to Melbourne,” added Saw.
This followed his withdrawal from the Victoria Sheffield Shield after scoring a double-century against Western Australia. Pucovski has been working with several experts on his health thereafter.
“Will has been proactive in this process and while he has made significant progress, he feels this is the best course of action to get ready to play cricket for Victoria,” said the Australian team’s doctor. “He worked closely with members of his family, Cricket Australia medical staff and Cricket Victoria to reach his decision. Will’s decision to speak up and continue to ask for assistance in managing his ongoing mental health is extremely positive.”
“Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria will continue to support Will, and we kindly ask that Will’s privacy is respected so he can continue working towards a return to premier cricket and the next round of first-class cricket,” added Saw.
Australia are leading the two-Test series 1-0, having won the first game at the Gabba by an innings and 40 runs. In the ongoing second game at Canberra, Australia declared after posting 539.