Will Pucovski Set To Be Sidelined For 6 Months Due To Shoulder Surgery
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Will Pucovski Set To Be Sidelined For 6 Months Due To Shoulder Surgery

Australia’s Will Pucovski has been cleared of concussion and is in the selection mix to make his Test debut against India at the SCG on Thursday, Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
Australia’s Will Pucovski has been cleared of concussion and is in the selection mix to make his Test debut against India at the SCG on Thursday, Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

Will Pucovski, Australian opener is set to be sidelined for up to six months to undergo reconstructive surgery on his injured right shoulder.

The Australian Test batsman who played a solitary Test will undergo surgery on his right shoulder next week and is likely to be sidelined for up to six months. Will Pucovski, who made his debut in the third Test match against India in Sydney had suffered a shoulder subluxation injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the Sydney game.

Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)

Will Pucovski Won’t Be Part Of Remainder Of The Australian Domestic Season And Will Not Play If Australia Qualifies For WTC Final

Victoria coach Chris Rogers has said that Will Pucovski pulled up sore in a practice session, which ruled him out of the Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales.

He had a great start to the domestic season, accumulating two double tons in the Sheffield Shield but was laid low by a concussion in a tour game against India. Incidentally, he has a long history of concussion-related injuries.

“The medical advice is this is the best way forward for Will to prepare him for the 2021-22 season,” said Cricket Victoria’s General Manager of Cricket Shaun Graf.

Chris Rogers (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Chris Rogers  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

“We’ll work closely with Will throughout his rehabilitation and look forward to seeing him back playing for Victoria and Australia later this year.”

Will Pucovski played 1 Test only scoring 72 runs with a fifty and his highest was 62. This injury and subsequent surgery mean that he will not be part of the remainder of the Australian domestic season and will be unavailable for Australia if they do qualify for the World Test Championship final mid-year against already qualified New Zealand.

Australia can make the final of WTC if England wins by 1-2 or if the series ends in a draw (1-1 or 2-2). Australia will play ODIs and T20Is against New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh before the Ashes from November 2021 to January 2022. The Ashes will comprise of 5 Tests and will happen after T20I World Cup.

Will Pucovski Missed First 2 Tests Against India Due To Concussion And Scored A Fifty In 3rd Test Before Injuring His Shoulder

The debutant injured his shoulder while trying in vain to stop the ball at mid-wicket in the second session of the final day in the 3rd Test at Sydney against India. He missed the first two Tests against India due to a concussion injury but scored 62 and 10 in the 3rd Test after making his debut.

Will Pucovski (AAP)
Will Pucovski (AAP)
He has played 23 first-class matches where he amassed 1744 runs averaging 54.5. He hit back-to-back double tons for Victoria against South and West Australia.