Will Pucovski cleared to make Test debut in Australia v India SCG Test

An independent neurologist has given Will Pucovski the green light to play at the SCG, now Australia’s selectors must decide whether the would-be debutant is ready to partner David Warner in the high-stakes Test.

Justin Langer has all but confirmed Warner will return from his groin strain on Thursday after spending almost six weeks on the sidelines.

Warner recently admitted he is unlikely to be 100 per cent fit for the third Test, which comes with the series level at 1-1 after India’s shock win at the MCG.

Langer suggested the veteran opener is “very, very, very likely to play”, adding there was no risk “of him re-injuring himself”.

The more challenging conundrum confronting Australia’s coach is whether Pucovski or Matthew Wade should partner Warner at the top of the order.

The call to potentially promote Pucovski – who was unavailable for the first and second Tests because of the latest in a series of concussions – at the expense of Travis Head is complicated by several factors.

“Will saw an independent neurologist yesterday,” Langer told reporters on Tuesday.

Will Pucovski in the nets at the SCG ahead of his possible Australian Test debut. Credit: Getty

“He’s seen a couple now.

“The real heartening thing for him is that while he’s had a few concussions in the past … it’s not necessarily going to have any long-term impact on him.

“All the concussion protocols … have been passed. He’s been cleared and that would be very heartening for him, his family.

“There’s no reason why Will can’t be selected now. It’s just working out the balance of our team, where we’re at in the series … we weigh up whether this Test match is right, or the next Test match is right.”

Will Pucovski walked from the field under his own power after he was struck on the helmet.
Will Pucovski walked from the field under his own power after he was struck on the helmet. Credit: Getty

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