Few younger Australian cricketers have generated as a lot pleasure as Will Pucovski lately however the shaggy-haired batsman is ignoring the hype as he bangs on the door for choice forward of the Test collection in opposition to India.
The 22-year-old was named amongst 5 uncapped gamers in a bumper 17-man Test squad on Thursday after piling up 495 runs in two Sheffield Shield matches when opening the batting for Victoria.
He can have one other probability to impress selectors when he faces India’s bowlers in a tour match in Sydney from Dec. 6.
The Australia “A” recreation has been seen as an unofficial “bat-off” with incumbent opener Joe Burns, who has hit a lean patch for Queensland in latest Shield video games.
But Pucovski has little curiosity in giving oxygen to the hypothesis and has switched off his social media accounts to be freed from distractions.
“I think it’s a bit of a media buildup, to be honest, the big bat-off thing,” he advised reporters on Friday.
“I think all I can control is how I go about it in my preparation and then obviously in the game so I feel like my batting’s in a really good place.
“I’m off a lot of social media, so that makes it a lot easier. You can’t get tagged on Twitter and stuff if you don’t have the app, so that’s been a pretty easy one for me.”
Australian cricket not often fails to supply wunderkinds however consultants have already marked Pucovski as a once-in-a-generation expertise within the mould of Ricky Ponting or Steve Smith.
“It would be ridiculous to say he’s not ready,” former Australia captain Ian Chappell advised native broadcaster Nine Network.
“What the hell is he going to prove by playing more Shield cricket?”
The strain of enjoying Test cricket on home soil is at a completely completely different stage, although, and selectors could also be cautious of throwing Pucovski into the cauldron of a vastly anticipated collection in opposition to Virat Kohli’s staff.
The right-hander has a historical past of battling psychological health points and has taken day without work from the sport twice when on the cusp of Test choice.
Replacing Burns, whose stable opening partnership with David Warner helped Australia whitewash Pakistan and New Zealand within the final home summer season, would even be a bitter tablet for the incumbent.
“He’s been amazing, hasn’t he?” Australia coach Justin Langer advised reporters of Pucovski on Friday.
“That said … we loved the combination of Joe Burns and David Warner.
“At this point, I’d say that will remain the same.”
Pucovski has additionally struggled with a collection of concussion accidents courting again to a severe head-knock suffered at school soccer.
He believes the concussion issues could have contributed to his psychological health struggles.
“Getting hit in the head a lot is not ideal from a physical or mental perspective,” he stated.
“But I’ve done a lot of work in that space to try and make sure my process is in a really good place.”