Rapidly emerging Australian batsman Will Pucovski believes he has “earned the right” to be in the red ball game for the series against India and is better prepared to make his Test debut compared to a few seasons ago. Pucovski, who was named in a 17-man Australian test team for the four-game series against India, will come back-to-back double hundreds in the Sheffield Shield. Despite missing the first two rounds of the competition, he has scored 495 runs in three innings so far this season and is currently the highest points scorer of the tournament.
“This time it feels like I’ve earned the right to be here, and I’m pretty excited to take on the challenge of playing India if I get the chance,” Pucovski said on SEN Radio. The 22-year-old was first named to the Test squad for the 2019 Sri Lanka series, but stepped out of the game due to his mental health issues. It is the first time since then that Pucovski has earned a Test Team call-up.
“I feel like I’m in a much better place to take the opportunity if it presents itself now than I might have been a few years ago.” I was 20 a few years ago and now 22. I’ve played 15 or 20 more top-notch games and I’ve put a ton of work off the pitch to make sure my life and my cricket are in a really good place, ”he added to it.
Very few young Australian cricketers have generated the kind of buzz that Pucovski has managed. His sensational form in the Sheffield Shield has led to several Australian greats calling for his selection on the team.
Speaking of what has changed since the last call, Pucovski said, “The difference in feeling is probably that you are excited, but you are ready to get the job done this time.” While last time, not that I wasn’t ready, but I was probably so excited to be selected for Australia that I didn’t think too much about the job at hand, ”he added.
Pucovski’s recording has set up a match with fellow opener Joe Burns, feeling the heat after a disastrous start to the first-class summer. But head coach Justin Langer and skipper Tim Paine have both hinted that they’ll stick with the veteran Burns. The Four-Test Series kicks off from December 17 with a day / night match in Adelaide.
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