Photo of Will Pucovski batting in Sheffield Shield(Twitter)
Photo of Will Pucovski batting in Sheffield Shield(Twitter)

India vs Australia: ‘Have earned the right to be named in squad for India Tests’, says Will Pucovski

Pucovski feels he has “earned the right” to be in the red-ball squad and is better prepared to make his Test debut compared to a couple of seasons ago.
By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 02:49 PM IST

Australian uncapped cricketer Will Pucovski has been grabbing the headlines ever since he was named in the extended Australian Test squad for the four-match series against India. He is coming off two consecutive double hundreds in the Sheffield Shield. He has amassed 495 runs so far this season and is currently the tournament’s highest run-scorer.

Pucovski feels he has “earned the right” to be in the red-ball squad and is better prepared to make his Test debut compared to a couple of seasons ago.

“This time it feels like I’ve earned the right to be here, and I’m pretty pumped to take the challenge on of playing India if I do get the chance,” Pucovski said on SEN Radio.

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The 22-year-old was was first named in the Test squad for the 2019 Sri Lanka series but stepped away from the game, citing mental health concerns. It is the first time since then that Pucovski has earned a Test squad call-up.

“I feel like I’m in a much better place to take the opportunity if it presents itself now, than I may have been a couple of years ago. I was 20 a couple of years ago and I’m 22 now. I’ve played 15 or 20 more first-class games, and I’ve put a stack of work in off-field to make sure my life and my cricket is in a really good place,” he said.

Talking about what has changed since the last call up, Pucovski said, “Probably the difference in feeling is you’re excited, but you’re ready to do a job this time. Whereas last time, not that I wasn’t ready, but I was probably just so excited to get picked for Australia that I didn’t think too much about the job at hand,” Pucovski said.

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Pucovski’s inclusion has set up a competition with fellow opener Joe Burns, who is feeling the heat after a disastrous start to the first-class summer. But head coach Justin Langer and skipper Tim Paine both have hinted at persisting with the experienced Burns.

The four-Test series will begin with a day/night match at Adelaide from December 17.

(With PTI Inputs)

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