Will Pucovski named in Victorian Sheffield Defend squad

Australian batting prodigy Will Pucovski is about to characteristic in first-class cricket for the primary time since October final yr, after being named within the Victorian squad to face Western Australia on Wednesday.

The gifted right-hander met Western Australia in a Sheffield Defend match in October final yr however then took a break resulting from private causes.

Pucovski has fought battles with concussion and psychological well being over a number of years and has additionally simply recovered from a damaged thumb.

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The 25-year-old has now been named in a 13-man squad for Victoria’s first Sheffield Defend fixture of the season, because the Bushrangers and Western Australia put together for a rematch of the final two finals.

Victoria’s conflict with WA on the WACA may additionally mark former Australian Check fast Peter Siddle’s first look for the Bushrangers since getting back from his stint with Tasmania.

”We’re … thrilled to welcome Will Pucovski and Peter Siddle into the squad,” stated David Hussey, Cricket Victoria’s head of male cricket.

“It’s improbable to have Peter travelling with the group following his return from Tasmania, whereas it’s nice to see Will again across the squad.”

When Pucovski by accident kicked a volleyball into his face throughout a warm-up in February final yr, the one-time Check opener suffered his eleventh concussion.

13 months earlier, his extremely anticipated Check debut arrived when Australia confronted India on the SCG in 2021, however a knock of 62 within the first innings was adopted by a mishap within the subject.

He dislocated his proper shoulder whereas diving for the ball, an harm which required a shoulder reconstruction.

When veteran opener David Warner retires from Check cricket after January’s Sydney Check, as per the plan he revealed in June, Pucovski may return to the facet and associate Usman Khawaja on the prime of the order.

Former Check opener Marcus Harris won’t participate in Victoria’s Sheffield Defend match on Wednesday, with the 31-year-old staying house along with his spouse following the beginning of their baby final week.

Victorian squad

Will Sutherland (c), Peter Handscomb, Scott Boland, Travis Dean, Sam Harper, Campbell Kellaway, Jon Merlo, Todd Murphy, Fergus O’Neill, Mitch Perry, Will Pucovski, Tom Rogers, Peter Siddle


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