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Pucovski 'in good spirits' despite concussion woes striking again to put talented batter out of action

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1st February, 2024
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Talented batter Will Pucovski is suffering delayed concussion symptoms and has been ruled out of Victoria’s looming Sheffield Shield game.

Pucovski was struck on the helmet while batting in a second XI game on January 22 in Adelaide.

The 25-year-old was cleared of concussion at the time but will be sidelined for Victoria’s Shield game against South Australia starting Saturday.

“Will passed the relevant tests following the knock in Adelaide last week but has subsequently experienced symptoms over the following days,” Victoria’s head of male cricket David Hussey said in a statement on Thursday.

“We’ve spoken to our medical staff and the advice is clear that he won’t be able to play this match.

“While he’s in otherwise good spirits, it’s important that Will focuses on recovering with the support of our broader team.”

Pucovski, who played one Test in January 2021, has returned to cricket this summer after suffering 11 concussions and taking leave for mental health reasons in 2022.

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Before his return, the right-hander, widely regarded as among Australia’s best young batters, had a year out of the game.

Pucovski has played three Sheffield Shield matches this season, with a top score of 65 and also featured in a tour game for Victoria against Pakistan.

© AAP

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