Will Pucovski has ruled out of the first Test match in Adelaide and Marcus Harris has been added to the Australia squad at his place. Notably, Pucovski was forced to retire hurt on the final day of the practice match against India A after a sharp bouncer from Kartik Tyagi hit him flush on his helmet.
Australia will also miss the service of their star opener, David Warner, as he also ruled out of the first Test against India in Adelaide due to hamstring injury. Will Pucovski’s availability in the upcoming Test series was under doubt after he suffered a head injury in the first practice game against India.
After witnessing series of Aussie players suffering injuries, we can say that conditions are not so in favour of the hosts.
Cricket Australia (CA) said both batsmen will target a return ahead of the Boxing Day Test, scheduled to be held in Melbourne from December 26 to 30.
“Given the spate of injuries in recent weeks, we’re fortunate to be able to bring a player of Marcus’ calibre into the Test squad,” Australia’s National Selector Trevor Hohns said.
“Marcus has been in outstanding form for Victoria this season and has had the benefit of facing India’s bowlers in both three-day tour matches at Drummoyne and under lights at the SCG.
“At the same time, we are disappointed for David and Will that they will not be available for the first Vodafone Test. We have taken a conservative approach in managing Will since he sustained the concussion and hope he and David will be back to full health ahead of the Boxing Day Test.”
Harris played nine Tests for Australia and was a member of the squad which retained the Ashes in England last year.
He has smashed 355 runs at an elegant average of 118.33 in two Sheffield Shield domestic first-class matches for Victoria this season, with a knock of 239 against South Australia being the highlight.
Harris’ inclusion shows a strong possibility he could open the line-up alongside Joe Burns.