Australia’s Will Pucovski waited a very long time to make his Test debut, however he delivered on the first probability he obtained, with a half-century within the third Test in opposition to India at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. His 62 – the very best return for an Australian opener within the sequence thus far – put the host within the ascendancy.
Pucovski was referred to as as much as the Test squad on the again of two double centuries for Victoria in Sheffield Shield. However, he was struck on the helmet taking part in for Australia A in a tour sport in opposition to India A in December and suffered a concussion.
A sequence of concussions have plagued his profession and, he believes, contributed to psychological health points which have twice pressured him to take time without work from the sport when on the cusp of Test choice.
After lastly passing the health protocols, Pucovski obtained the cherished “baggy green” cap on Thursday morning.
“It was a pretty incredible experience, it meant everything to be honest,” he advised reporters.
“It’s been quite surreal, it’s been a rollercoaster. I feel like I’ve seen about a million doctors but I got through the protocols and I’m very happy to be here.”
Looking compact and guaranteed, he scored 14 within the first seven overs earlier than the rain descended, resuming with the identical composure 4 hours later when the skies cleared.
He appeared much less comfy going through Ravichandran Ashwin and appeared set for an exit on 26 when he edged the India spinner behind just for wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant to drop the prospect.
“The way Ashwin used the seam and his variations was something I hadn’t seen before,” he mentioned.
Pucovski had added one other six runs to his tally when he obtained one other life, gloving the ball behind to offer Pant an opportunity to redeem himself.
Although the wicketkeeper scurried again and leapt excessive to succeed in the ball, he was adjudged by the third umpire to have trapped it on the bottom and Pucovski was recalled to the crease.
“I thought he’d claimed it so I thought he caught it, maybe I have too much faith in people,” Pucovski mentioned, explaining why he had walked.
“It was pretty cool to be called back.”
A combination-up with Labuschagne because the pair went for a 3rd run when Pucovski was on 37 left the debutant stranded on the fallacious finish however the throw from the Indian fielder was poor and he survived to bat on.
Making essentially the most of his reprieves, Pucovski slapped his fourth 4 to the onside simply earlier than the tea break to succeed in the half-century mark.
“I was just absolutely loving it. It was probably my favourite day of cricket yet,” he mentioned.