Cricket news 2022: Will Pucovski concussion scare, Sheffield Shield Victoria v South Australia

Will Pucovski just can’t catch a break, with the batting prodigy suffering another concussion scare on his return to Sheffield Shield.

Will Pucovski just can’t catch a break.

The Victorian batting prodigy suffered yet another concussion scare in his long-awaited Sheffield Shield comeback against South Australia in Adelaide.

Pucovski, who was playing his first professional cricket match of the summer, is believed to have suffered a blow to the head during a warm-up ahead of day four of the Premier League match in the South Australian capital.

After playing for a few minutes on Saturday morning, he returned to the sheds and was replaced in the Victorian starting XI by substitute Travis Dean.

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“Pucovski reported concussion symptoms to medical staff during the first playing session this morning,” Cricket Victoria said in a statement.

“He will continue to be monitored by Cricket Victoria medical staff.”

Pucovski missed the recent Ashes series due to lingering symptoms of concussion from a blow to the head he suffered in October last year.

The 24-year-old hasn’t featured in the first half of the 2021/22 Sheffield Shield after what would have been the 10th concussion of his young career.

Saturday morning’s head shot brings that total to 11.

And the reaction was swift as NewsCorp cricket reporter Peter Lalor wrote a comment that the devastating writing is on the wall.

He wrote: “Will Pucovski, the best young batsman in the country, must retire from cricket.

“It’s awful, it’s frustrating, it breaks your heart to see a kid with so much potential left unfulfilled and taken away from what he does best, but it’s not tragic.

“Again.”

Read Lalor’s full article on CODE Sports.

Pucovski made headlines last summer when he struck back two centuries in the Sheffield Shield while opening the batting for Victoria.

The right-hander was rushed into the Australian Test squad ahead of the home series against India, only for a concussion scare in a Test game against India A to rule him out of the first two fixtures of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Pucovski recovered and made his Test debut against India at the SCG in January 2021, scoring half a century in the opening leg of the New Year’s Test, but injured his right shoulder on day five. of the draw and had to undergo a reconstruction. off-season surgery.

He was due to make his long-awaited return in October last year, before a concussion set in again.

Pucovski scored a patient 54 in the first set against South Australia on Thursday, combining with Marcus Harris for a 110-point partnership.

The long-haired fly-half is currently averaging 53.41 in first-class cricket, with six centuries and six fifty in 24 games.

But injuries and concussions have repeatedly frustrated the talented cricketer, who has not completed a professional cricket match unscathed since November 2020.

The harmless nature of his concussions has raised concerns over Pucovski’s long-term health, with genuine speculation over whether the youngster should retire.

Last year, Derbyshire wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein retired from all forms of professional cricket at the age of 25 after suffering repeated concussions.

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