Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine could not keep secret with Will Pucvoski that he will be making his debut in the Sydney Test match. He has confessed that he had informed the youngster about his debut a couple of days before the Test.
Will Pucovski had a dream-like start to his Test career. He registered a maiden half-century which was supported by two dropped catches by Rishabh Pant. He rode his luck on a couple of occasions but made 62 crucial runs from 149 deliveries.
Tim Paine Had Informed Will Pucovski About His Debut A Couple Of Days Before Sydney Test
Talking to Cricket.com.au after the end of day one, Tim Paine said he couldn’t lie to the youngster when he inquired him about his debut. The skipper said he was excited to share the happy news for him.
“I might have a little bit of a confession to make actually. Because he (Pucovski) was in my room a couple of days ago and he sort of asked (if he would be making his debut). I couldn’t lie to him. I said, ‘You are playing, but don’t tell anyone.’ So I let it slip, but I was just excited for a mate,” said Tim Paine.
Andrew McDonald had given the baggy green to Will Puckovski on his debut. It was a proud moment for the Assistant coach as well because he had coached him for three years during his stint with victoria. Tim Paine suggested that Pucovski’s debut was a special moment for McDonald as well.
“He’s (McDonald) gone through a lot with him, in his development, on his Shield debut, and also through a lot of tough times for Will. I know they’ve got a great relationship and it was a really special moment for both of them,” added Tim Paine.
Talking about the Sydney Test’s first day, India has sent both the openers packing on the flat pitch. However, Australia’s two batting mainstays Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne are still standing firm at the crease.