Will Pucovski has been cleared to resume batting after passing a concussion test following a terrifying blow to the head during a 2nd XI game for Victoria. The 25-year-old was struck on the helmet while attempting a hook shot from South Australian paceman David Grant. Despite being cleared to continue batting, Pucovski retired hurt after facing four more balls. However, he later received the all-clear to resume his innings.
According to a statement from Cricket Victoria, Pucovski passed a concussion test before batting in the nets and will be monitored throughout the game. This incident comes after Pucovski returned to cricket this season following a series of concussions and mental health-related leave in 2022.
In his Test debut against India at the SCG, Pucovski dislocated his shoulder in the field after scoring 62 in the first innings. He has played three Sheffield Shield games this season with a top score of 66 and also featured in a tour game for Victoria against Pakistan. Pucovski also spent last winter playing for Weybridge Cricket Club in the Surrey Championship in England, scoring 614 runs at an average of 55.82.
Since making his debut for Victoria in February 2017, Pucovski has struggled to play a full domestic season. The closest he came was during the 2019-20 season when he played the first half of the summer for Victoria before taking an indefinite break and not returning until the 2020-21 season.