Australian opener Will Pucovski, who was excluded from the fourth and final Test against India, has consulted a surgeon to keep alive his chances of playing in the Test series against South Africa. Pucovski sustained a shoulder subluxation injury during the Sydney Test and has now switched to cortisone injections to return to the field. Shaun Graf, general manager of cricket at Cricket Victoria, said on Monday that Pucovski was visiting a leading surgeon as he wants to be fully fit ahead of the series in South Africa.
“He’s getting one more shot to see if that fixes the injury. If not, they may need to do some sort of exploratory surgery to see how damaged it is,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Graf.
“Everyone is hopeful that his shoulder is okay and that he will be available for that tour. You can certainly get by with that, especially if you are not a bowler, but in the long run there could be more problems when you dive, may it could move it again somewhat. They are taking a cautious approach, ”he added.
Instead of Pucovski, Marcus Harris played alongside David Warner in the fourth test. He scored 5 and 38 in the two innings when Australia tasted defeat at The Gabba for the first time in 32 years and two months.
Graf said, looking at how Australia played against India in the series decider, they hope to include Pucovski in the Test squad.
“What they want to do is give him cortisone [injection], if that resolves the injury. With luck, he will be able to get through and manage the South Africa tour – if selected, “said Graf.
“He’s a rare commodity now – especially with the way the Australians closed their series – I would think they would like him on that tour,” he added.
India beat Australia in their own den in the fourth and final Test to seal the series 2-1. India’s momentous victory has also seen them topple Australia in the ICC Test Team Rankings to claim second place.
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