Cricket-Pucovski strengthens recall record with another double ton

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SYDNEY, Nov. 9 (Reuters) – Opening batsman Will Pucovski has continued to advocate for his inclusion in the Australian tryout squad for their series against India next month with his second consecutive double century in the first class cricket.

The 22-year-old right-hander was sacked for 202 points on Monday as Victoria scored 414 for four declared in the opening innings of their Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia in Adelaide.

Pucovski scored 255 points in Victoria’s previous Sheffield Shield game against South Australia.

Former captain Michael Clarke, who scored successive double centuries in a series of tests against South Africa in 2012, said Pucovski is now forcing the selectors’ hands.

“You have to choose him. The decision has been made,” Clarke told Sky Sports radio Monday.

Pucovski has been on the edge of the Australian side of testing for two years, but he asked not to be considered for selection last year because he was dealing with mental health issues.

Clarke, however, said that with the experience around Pucovski with compatriot David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne at number three and Steve Smith at four, he should be well protected against India.

“He’s got so much experience around him,” Clarke said.

“He’s struggled in the past with some mental issues he’s had. He’s got a lot of support around him right now, he feels like he’s in a better place.

“The fact that this series is set in Australia is a great way to make it part of this test team as well.

“He’s playing in conditions he’s used to and used to.”

The first test against India is scheduled for December 17 in Adelaide.

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