Will Pucovski is “off social media” to avoid distraction ahead of tests in India

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Australia’s rising star Will Pucovski has deactivated his social media accounts to stay away from the hype and intense speculation about his selection in the playing XI for the Test series opener against India next month. Very few young Australian cricketers have generated as much buzz as Pucovski in recent years, thanks to his fertile form in Sheffield Shield. To free himself from all distractions, he has completely cut himself off from social media. “It’s a little bit of media build-up to be honest, the big bat thing,” he told reporters on Friday.

“The only thing I can really control is how I do in my preparation and then clearly in the game, so I feel like my shot is in a really good place.

“I use a lot of social media so that makes it a lot easier. You can’t be tagged on Twitter and stuff if you don’t have the app, so that’s pretty easy for me.”

The extraordinarily talented pair of Pucovski and Cameroon Green were among the five uncapped players picked on Thursday in a 17-man Australian test team for the big four-game series against India, starting December 17.

In recent times, Australian greats have called for Pucovski’s roster on the team after his good run in domestic cricket – the 22-year-old hit consecutive double centuries in his two Shield appearances.

His entry has sparked a competition with fellow opener Joe Burns feeling the heat after a disastrous start to the first-class summer, though he still seems to have the support of coach Justin Langer.

“He’s great, isn’t he?” Langer had said about Pucovski on Friday.

“That said … we loved the combination of Joe Burns and David Warner. At this point I would say it will stay the same,” added the coach.

Pucovski has also struggled with concussions dating back to a severe blow to the head in high school football.

“Obviously, being punched in the head a lot is not ideal from a physical or mental perspective,” he said.

“But I did a lot of work in that space to make sure my process runs in a really good place.”

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India will play three ODIs, three T20s and four Tests from November 27. The ODI and T20 series will be played in Sydney and Canberra from November 27 to December 8.

The long-awaited test series begins with the day-night test in Adelaide from December 17.

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