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Different ways of getting concussed: Will Pucovski ruled out of second warm-up match against India

Considered a sure-shot selection for the Test series-opener, Will Pucovski was batting on 23 when he was hit on the helmet by a delivery from Kartik Tyagi in Australia A's second innings.

By: Express News Service | Updated: December 9, 2020 8:14:39 am
Will Pucovski is tipped to partner opener Joe Burns in the Test series against India. (File)

On 23, Will Pucovski attempted a half-hearted pull stroke off Kartik Tyagi’s bowling, missed it altogether with the ball crashing into his helmet. The batsman, apparently, was caught in two minds, whether to evade the ball or play the pull to a delivery that cramped him for room.

Pucovski retired hurt immediately and would undergo further tests. Widely touted to make his Test debut in Adelaide, Australia would hope he recovers in time for the series opener on December 17.

Cricket Australia’s chief medical officer John Orchard said in a statement: “Will experienced mild concussion symptoms but was able to leave the field unassisted. He was monitored in our medical room and was communicating freely with staff and teammates as well as family over the phone.”

Pucovski might regain fitness in time, but what’s more worrying is his history of concussions. Here are some of the instances.

Felled by Sean Abbott: In March 2018, while playing a Sheffield Shield match for Victoria against New South Wales, Pucovski tried to duck under a Sean Abbott bouncer, but the ball didn’t rise as much as he had anticipated. He was struck on the helmet and immediately substituted due to a concussion. A year earlier, he was left concussed after failing to connect a pull shot off Ben Cutting’s bowling during a one-day game. Shortly afterwards, he got a knock on the helmet during a game against Tasmania.

Slipping on the turf: In February this year, Pucovski contrived to get himself concussed in a freakish way during a one-day game between Cricket Australia XI and England Lions. While turning after completing a run, his bat got stuck in the grass next to the pitch, and he fell flat on the ground. Due to the impact, he could not get up for a few seconds and later, failed the concussion test.

Concussed when fielding: On his First-Class debut against New South Wales in 2017, Pucovski was hit on the head when fielding at mid-off. He had covered the line of the ball, but the ball bounced awkwardly after landing on an uneven part of the outfield.

Football, door knob and what not: The first instance of concussion Pucovski suffered was during a football match in high school when he was slung in a tackle and struck his head on another player’s knee. A month after the incident, he was struck in the head at cricket training from a ball struck by a batsman in an adjoining net. A year or so later, he also suffered another head blow when he accidentally banged his head on a door at home.

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