India vs Australia: ‘I have earned the right to be included in the team for the India Trials,’ says Will Pucovski – cricket
Australian cricketer Will Pucovski has been making the headlines since he was named to the expanded Australian test team for the four-game series against India. He’s coming off two hundred consecutive doubles at the Sheffield Shield. He has racked up 495 runs so far this season and is currently the tournament’s top run scorer.
Pucovski feels he has “earned the right” to be on the red ball team and is better prepared to make his testing debut compared to a couple of seasons ago.
“This time I feel that I have earned the right to be here, and I am very excited to accept the challenge of playing against India if I have the opportunity,” Pucovski said on SEN Radio.
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The 22-year-old was first named to the test team for the 2019 Sri Lanka series, but he walked away from the game, citing mental health concerns. It is the first time since then that Pucovski has earned a call-up for the test team.
“I feel like I’m in a much better place to seize the opportunity if it presents itself now than I could have been a couple of years ago. I was 20 a couple of years ago and now I’m 22. I’ve played 15 or 20 more top-class matches and I’ve worked a lot off the field to make sure my life and my cricket are in a really good place, ”he said.
Speaking of what has changed since the last call, Pucovski said: “Probably the difference in feelings is that you are excited, but this time you are ready to do a job. While last time, it’s not that I wasn’t ready, but I was probably so excited to be chosen for Australia that I didn’t think too much about the job at hand, ”said Pucovski.
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The inclusion of Pucovski has created competition with fellow starter Joe Burns, who is feeling the heat after a disastrous start to the first-class summer. But head coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine have hinted that they will stick with the experienced Burns.
The four-round series will begin with a day and night match in Adelaide starting on December 17.
(With PTI inputs)