Will Pucovski hit on the head during Australia A vs India A warm-up game
Pucovski was batting well until the incident took place.
Updated - Dec 8, 2020 12:56 pm
The three-day of the warm-up game between India A and Australia A ended in a draw on Tuesday. But the game finished with a worry for the home team ahead of the four-match Test series. The talented opening batsman Will Pucovski walked off after being hit on the helmet while facing the bouncer from India pacer Kartik Tyagi.
The incident took place in the 13th over of the second innings of Australia A. Tyagi delivered a well-directed bouncer and Pucovski got himself into a tangle while facing it. He tried to evade the bouncer but wasn’t in the best of positions even as he slashed his bat as well. But the ball ended up hitting the top of his helmet only to lob over the slip cordon.
Though the ball went to the boundary, more concerns were at the striker’s end as Will Pucovski was on his knees visibly in pain after being hit. He didn’t look comfortable at all and had to be attended by the physio. After assessing him for some time, the batsman decided to walk off and the scenes, even in the Indian camp, seemed worrisome.
Moreover, Pucovski wasn’t in the great frame of mind while walking off and there is a possibility of him suffering from concussion again. In that case, this will be the 9th time, Will Pucovski suffering after being hit on the head.
Here’s the video:
Fingers crossed for Will Pucovksi, who's retired hurt after this nasty blow to the helmet.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 8, 2020
Who will open for Australia if Will Pucovski is ruled out?
Suddenly, Australia are grappled with injuries 9 days before the start of the first Test against India in Adelaide. Head coach Justin Langer has already hinted that David Warner might miss out on the series opener while the other opener Joe Burns is out of form. In the warm-up game, he registered scores of 4 and 0 in two innings and is far from certain to play the first Test.
Rather Burns and Will Pucovski seemed to be the likely openers for Australia and now the latter has suffered an injury. If it turns out to be concussion for the Victorian, then Marcus Harris, who also played the warm-up game, could be roped in.