Young Australia opener Will Pucovski will consult a concussion specialist after he sustained a hit on his head during a throwdowns session at Victoria last week at the Junction Oval.
This comes in as a concern for Australia, who will host England for a high-voltage 5-Test Ashes series starting December 8. Will Pucovski is already recovering from shoulder surgery, an injury which he sustained during the India series.
“Cricket Victoria confirms Will Pucovski received a knock to the head in training with Victoria last Tuesday,” a statement said. “Will is currently managing his recovery in consultation with CV’s medical staff. He looks forward to returning to training as soon as he is able to do so.”
As by the Australian, the blow was minor by comparison to previous ones he has suffered, and he has not shown severe symptoms. He would, however, consult his specialist considering his history.
Will Pucovski, 23, has a history of concussions – the right-hander, in fact, has been concussed up to 10 times during his short career. The last one of those was during a practice game when he was struck in the head by India’s Kartik Tyagi while batting for Australia ahead of the Australia-India Test series.
The Victorian was supposed to make his debut in the first Test but was ruled out of the first two Tests following the concussion. He then made his debut in the third Test in Sydney and notched up a brilliant fifty in the first innings.
However, he was forced out of the fourth Test after dislocating his shoulder while fielding in Sydney and later underwent surgery.
With the Ashes in sight, Cricket Australia will be concerned about Will Pucovski’s participation in the early phase of the series. The right-hander has played 24 first-class matches and averages 53.41; he has recorded six first-class centuries and has the highest score of 255*.
Victoria and New South Wales are set to play three Sheffield Shield and three Marsh Cup fixtures in Sydney and Melbourne ahead of the Ashes.
The first Ashes Test is slated for Brisbane from December 8. Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth are slotted to host the next four Tests, however, that is subject to change. ECB, meanwhile, have announced their squad to tour Australia.