Australia: the hope of the Pucovski test is victim of a helmet blow

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Sydney (AFP)

Australian drummer Will Pucovski suffered “mild symptoms of concussion” after a childbirth hit his helmet during a warm-up match between India A and Australia A in Sydney on Tuesday, casting doubt on his chances of trial selection.

Facing a delivery from Kartik Tyagi, Pucovski attempted to hook the short ball, but instead caught it on the helmet, dropping the 22-year-old to his hands and knees.

After visibly struggling to get up from the compound, Pucovski left the pitch unassisted, retiring for 23 years.

The blow to the head reduces the chances of a trying start for the prolific Victorian against India in Adelaide on Dec. 17, and adds to selectors’ problems after opener David Warner suffered groin strain .

Cricket Australia chief medical officer John Orchard said Pucovski, who had suffered from multiple concussions in his career, experienced “mild symptoms of concussion” but communicated freely once in the locker room.

“Will will remain with the Australian A team but will not play in the three-day game against India at SCG,” Orchard told cricket.com.au.

The incident also follows a disappointing outing Monday for the Australian after directly missing outfielder Shubman Gill for a first round.

Pucovski shot at the national level, scoring two consecutive centuries for Victoria, but was not proven at the Test level.

The game between Australian A and India A ended in a draw several overs after Pucovski’s exit.

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