Will Pucovski copped a blow to his helmet while batting for Australia A against Indians on the third and final day of a warm-up match in Sydney on Tuesday leaving doubts over his participation in the upcoming Test series. Pucovski was batting on 23 when he failed to duck under a short delivery from Kartik Tyagi with the ball crashing on his helmet.Also Read - Australia Going Into T20 World Cup Full Strength, Want Nothing Less Than Title: Mitchell Starc
The 22-year-old opening batsman went down on his knees and was on all fours for over a minute after the head knock. A doctor from the medical team present at the venue rushed to attend the cricketer as he was surrounded by teammate Marcus Harris and concerned India fielders. Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: Want to Keep it Simple And Not Bowl 24 Different Deliveries, Says Mitchell Starc
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Eventually, to everyone’s relief, Pucovksi went off the field, retired hurt, unaided with reports emerging that paramedics weren’t needed to check on him.
He was later seen leaving the venue, chatting with Australia A teammate James Pattinson.
Later on, Indians captain Ajinkya Rahane walked up to the Australia A dressing room to enquire about Pucvoski’s well-being.
“Let’s just hope he is okay,” Shane Warne said on Fox Cricket. “Ninth time for a 21-year-old young man hoping to make his Test debut in a week’s time. Fingers crossed that everything is okay and he can go on and be alright and play in Adelaide.”
Puvocksi has a history with concussions, reportedly eight of them before Monday’s brutal helmet blow.
Earlier this year, during a one-day match for Cricket Australia against England Lions, he ended up jamming his band on the ground while going for a quick single and the momentum saw him being thrown forward and he landed head first.
Pucovksi was first diagnosed with concussion as a teenager while playing Australian rules football.
He was in sublime touch during the Australian domestic first-class competition Sheffield Shield, smashing consecutive double-centuries. Consequently, he was being projected as an opening option for Australia in the upcoming Test series against India starting later this month.