Australia head coach Justin gave an update on opener Will Pucovski’s shoulder injury and said he e fails to recover in time then Marcus Harris will open the innings alongside David Warner in the fourth Test match at the Gabba, Brisbane.Also Read - Josh Hazlewood Ruled Out of Fifth Ashes Test, Confirms Australian Selector
The 22-year-old got injured during the third Test match against India at Sydney Cricket Ground, which was also his debut game. Pucovski sustained the injury on the last day of the game during fielding. Also Read - Pat Cummins Non-Committal On Whether He Will Endorse Justin Langer's Contract Renewal
Langer said the team management is hopeful that Pucovski will recover in time. Also Read - Nick Hockley Refuses to Commit on Justin Langer's Future as Head Coach
“Will had a sore shoulder before he fell, he was actually going to have a scan after that day’s play anyway, just to see what was happening,” Langer said at a virtual press conference.
“We will see how he pulls up today, we are really hopeful that he will get up and if he doesn’t, then the obvious thing would be Marcus Harris would come in as an opener,” he added.
Langer said he is quite optimistic about the batsman pulling through.
“Will is a young guy, he has just played his first Test. So mentally he’s going to be exhausted anyway. We will keep an eye on how he pulls up today. With shoulders, as long as he can bat OK and catch, it’s not as big a deal in Test cricket, we’re really hopeful he will get up, we will probably know by tonight,” Langer added.
Pucovski, who has suffered numerous concessions, made an impressive start to his Test career, scoring a half-century on debut.
Harris has so far played nine Test matches for Australia scoring 385 runs, including two fifties, with the highest score of 79.
The four-match series is tied at 1-1 currently with the hosts winning the pink-ball opener in Adelaide and India emerging triumphant in Melbourne. The third game in Sydney ended in a draw.
(With PTI Inputs)