Batting ace Will Pucovski is battling another bout of concussion after being struck at training in a worrying development less than two months before the start of the Ashes.
A source familiar with the issue has told the Herald and The Age that Pucovski is battling minor concussion symptoms after being hit on the head taking throwdowns in Cricket Victoria’s indoor nets last Tuesday.
The blow has again cast doubt over the Victorian star’s immediate availability, while there will also be concerns over his longer-term wellbeing.
It is unclear when Pucovski will be able to return to training, but CV will not be taking any risks with the young star given his long history of head knocks. It’s believed it is the 10th time Pucovski, 23, has been concussed.
Will Pucovski is recovering from concussion after being hit at training.Credit:Getty
There are still hopes Pucovski could resume training in time to take part in the Victoria’s first Sheffield Shield game of the season against NSW later this month, though that fixture is yet to be confirmed due to the uncertainty created by COVID-19 in those states.
Pucovski’s last concussion came in December when he was hit representing Australia A in a tour game, the injury sidelining him for about a month.
Pucovski is on the comeback trail from injury and had not taken part in Victoria’s practice games as he worked to regain full range in the shoulder he had reconstructed earlier this year.
“Cricket Victoria confirms Will Pucovski received a knock to the head in training with Victoria last Tuesday,” CV said in a statement on Thursday.
“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.”
Pucovski is in a battle with state teammate Marcus Harris to partner David Warner at the top of the order for the Ashes, starting in Adelaide on December 8.
One of the brightest young talents in the country, Pucovski has been on the radar of national selectors for several seasons but has been limited to just two Tests due to concussion and mental health issues which he has said are connected to his head knocks.
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