Will Pucovski's incredible return to cricket after concussion saga

·Sports Reporter
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Will Pucovski (pictured right) laughing during training and (pictured left) Pucovski raising his bat.
Will Pucovski (pictured right) scored a 150 on his return to State cricket after sitting out from competition due to concussion since February. (Images; Twitter/Getty Images)

Australian prodigy Will Pucovski has one again shown why he was tipped as Australia's next superstar after coming back from injury to score 150 against NSW.

The 24-year-old, who has been concussed at least 11 times throughout his career, played his one and only Test for Australia in January, 2021.

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He has been out of action since February after just four days back at Sheffield Shield level.

The NSW star copped a blow to the head during the warm-up and was ruled out.

However, Pucovski made his long-awaited return for Victoria's 2nd XI against a NSW team featuring bowlers Trent Copeland Ben Dwarshius.

And Pucovski showed why he will he once again in the fold for Australian selection this summer.

Pucovski finished Tuesday on 95 not out.

And it only took him a short time on Wednesday to reach a century.

The former Australian batter went on to score 150 in his cricket return.

Pucovski combined with Ashley Chandrasinghe (106) in an opening stand worth 268.

The duo helped belittle NSW's first innings total of 289.

Perhaps Pucovski's greatest concern on his return was when he was hit in the box and fell down in pain on 159.

However, the 24-year-old took some deep breaths and was able to regain his composure after the scare.

Will Pucovski on concussion battles

Pucovski emerged as one of Australia's most exciting batters, but was quickly ruled out from the baggy green after just one match.

The 24-year-old was able to return from that setback, but Australia opted against taking him on tour for Test duties or include him in the Australia A tour of Sri Lanka.

However, he was recently part of a group of eight players who took part in a 10-day training camp in Chennai, showing he remains a key part of Australia's Test plans.

Will Pucovski (pictured middle with sunglasses) with Victorian teammates.
Will Pucovski (pictured middle with sunglasses) has returned to the Victorian outfit.(Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Pucovski has been open about the fallout from his concussions and admitted he has been able to reflect during the tough ordeal when he opened up to Cricinfo.

"It's been a bit of a reality check - that cricket isn't everything and there is so much more to life," Pucovski said.

"For me, it's just been good to learn so much about myself as a person, (rather than) if I'd just had a breezy ride and walked into every team and did well.

"I definitely have no regrets or sadness because of anything that's happened. It's all a part of the journey to take me to where I am."

with AAP

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