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Will Pucovski under injury cloud ahead of Brisbane Test

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Cricket Australia said there will be a delay in making a call on opener Will Pucovski’s availability for the fourth and final Test of the series which is confirmed to be played at the Gabba in Brisbane. The Victorian had hurt his right shoulder after diving for the ball at mid-wicket in the 86th over of India’s innings on the fifth day of the drawn Pink Test on Monday.

After the dive, he stayed down for a few seconds on the ground clutching his shoulder as his teammates came to help him. The newly found partner of David Warner left the field at the end of the over and was sent for scans, leaving his participation in the final Test in doubt.

Pucovski suffering from “shoulder subluxation”

The board confirmed that they’ll give Pucovski every chance to prove his fitness before the last game of the Border Gavaskar trophy starting January 15. He’s recovering from a partial dislocation of his right shoulder.

Australia confirmed Pucovski suffered a “shoulder subluxation” injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the third Test in Sydney. Subluxation of the shoulder joint, when the ball of the upper arm bone partly comes out of the socket in the shoulder causing partial dislocation.

“He will continue rest and rehabilitation over the next two days before a decision is made on his fitness for the fourth Vodafone Test match,” a CA spokesperson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Pucovski who made his debut in the Sydney Test scored his maiden fifty in the first innings. He looked good for his 62 runs before getting out to his counterpart Navdeep Saini. The right hander failed to impress much in the second as he was caught behind for 10 on debut.

The 22-year-old had missed out on the first two Tests of the series due to a concussion. He has already suffered a concussion 9 times in his career. No additional player or replacement has been named into the squad for the final game.

Harris to return if Pucovski misses out

His partner and Australia’s regular opener David Warner is also not a hundred percent as he returned from a lengthy layoff coincided with the back-to-back Tests. He wasn’t looking for the player of 2019, who scored a triple ton against Pakistan.

In case if Pucovski misses out then Australia has to find a new partner for David Warner at the top. Marcus Harris will be Australia’s number one choice as he’s in the group and has confidence of runs behind his back.

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