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Concerns over Will Pucovski's cricket future have been thrust back into the spotlight after the prodigious young batsman suffered yet another concussion after being hit on the head by a cricket ball.
The 23-year-old has been concussed up to 10 times in recent years, which have affected his confidence and hampered his efforts to nail down a spot in Australia's Test side.
The Victorian batsman has piled up the runs for his state over the last few years but time and again injuries have cruelled his Test chances for Australia.
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Pucovski has frequently been touted as a future star of Australian cricket, but there are grave concerns from fans that his health battles could scupper the bright future that seemed destined for the 23-year-old.
The batsman's state side confirmed that after being struck in the head during a training session, medical staff advised him to take a break to recover.
"Cricket Victoria confirms Will Pucovski received a knock to the head in training with Victoria last week," a statement read.
"Will is currently managing his recovery in consultation with CV's medical staff.
"We look forward to having him back at training as soon as he's recovered."
Cricket Victoria confirms Will Pucovski received a knock to the head in training with Victoria last week.
Will is currently managing his recovery in consultation with CV’s medical staff. We look forward to having him back at training as soon as he’s recovered. pic.twitter.com/Y0HJAA7lRn
— Victorian Cricket Team (@VicStateCricket) October 14, 2021
Pucovski made his Test debut against India at the SCG in January, impressing with a first innings 62 as he teamed up with David Warner at the top of the order.
But the generational talent injured his shoulder during the match and was ruled out of the fourth and deciding Test of the series.
Pucovski later needed surgery to fix the problematic shoulder.
In April, Pucovski was among a number of big names, including Travis Head and Matthew Wade, to miss out on new Cricket Australia contracts.
Victoria are yet to begin their Sheffield Shield season due to border restrictions but are expected to clash with NSW in a series of matches soon.
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Australia have not played a Test since January but Marcus Harris replaced Pucovski for that match and could be in line to partner Warner for the start of the Ashes on December 8.
After just 24 first-class games, Pucovski is averaging 53.4 and has smashed six hundreds for a top score of 255 not out.
However, with concussion being such a prominent issue in modern sport and the increased awareness around chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) associated with head knocks, fans are understandably worried what the latest incident could mean for Pucovski's future.
Devastating news for Will Pucovski. His 10th concussion now with symptoms dragging on.
This is becoming a seriously concerning scenario for one of Australian cricket's brightest stars. https://t.co/1sQR9FHDlc
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) October 14, 2021
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) October 14, 2021
so sad to see Pucovski go through all these. Hope he gets well soon 🙏
— 𝙨𝙤𝙝𝙤𝙢 ᴷᴷᴿ (@AwaaraHoon) October 14, 2021
— CricBlog ✍ (@cric_blog) October 14, 2021
At what point do medical experts recommend Will Pucovski retire?
— Marco 🇳🇿 (@sepo_efc) October 14, 2021
The number of times Will Pucovski has suffered concussion is crazy already in his young career.
— Wear Mask. Be Safe (@vishal_mehra1) October 14, 2021
Almost one year later and now I’m sad. Will Pucovski recovering with concussion systems after yet another knock to the head. So disappointing. He’s a great bloke who really deserves some good luck. #cricket #CricketTwitter https://t.co/dSB7iOFt3p
— Jelisa Apps (@JelisaApps) October 14, 2021
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