Will Pucovski, a young cricketer from Australia, has struggled with injuries and mental health issues, which has slowed down his international career. Pucovksi has once more chosen to take an indefinite hiatus from the game, but the length of his absence is currently unknown.
The 24-year-old has withdrawn from the forthcoming Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Tasmania scheduled to begin on Saturday, October 29, citing personal matters. Graham Manou, General Manager of Cricket Performance for Cricket Victoria, did not reveal much information about Pucovski’s condition, but he pledged that Cricket Victoria would continue to give Pucovski the support he needs.
Graham Manou said, “Player welfare is always our top priority; we’ll continue to work with Will to ensure he gets the support and space he needs and welcome him back when he’s ready.” Pucovski’s recent struggles are understandable given that the young batsman earned his Test debut during the home series against India in January 2021. He was unable to play in the pivotal Brisbane Test due to a dislocated shoulder, though.
The severity of the injuries rendered him incapacitated for an extended period, and he ultimately missed the Ashes 2021/22. Pucovski has experienced an erratic career thus far, as he has missed significant amounts of time due to head injuries numerous times.
It is now unclear how Pucovski will fit into Australia’s plans for their upcoming four-match Test series against India in February of the following year.
With the Ashes 2023 slated for July, the Australians will also be defending their “urn” on English soil.