Home » Cricket Home » News » India vs Australia: 'I Was Loving It!' - Will Pucovski Reflects on Australia Debut Knock

India vs Australia (TEST)

CONCLUDED

AUS vs IND Cricket Scorecard (TEST)

3rd Test TEST, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney, 07 January, 2021

Australia

1st INN

338/10

(105.4) RR 3.2

2nd INN

312 /6

(87.0) 3.59

Australia Tim Paine (C) (W)
Australia drew with India
India Ajinkya Rahane (C)

India

1st INN

244/10

(100.4) RR 2.42

2nd INN

334 /5

(131.0) RR 2.55

India vs Australia: 'I Was Loving It!' - Will Pucovski Reflects on Australia Debut Knock

Australia’s Will Pucovski waited a long time to make his Test debut but he delivered at the first time of asking with a half century in the third Test against India at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

  • Reuters
  • Updated: January 7, 2021, 4:17 PM IST
India vs Australia: 'I Was Loving It!' - Will Pucovski Reflects on Australia Debut Knock

Australia’s Will Pucovski waited a long time to make his Test debut but he delivered at the first time of asking with a half century in the third Test against India at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. The 22-year-old, his shaggy hair bulging out from beneath his helmet, certainly rode his luck but his 62 was the best return for an Australian opener in the series so far and helped his side into a strong position at the end of day one. Pucovski was called up to the Test squad on the back of two double centuries for Victoria in Sheffield Shield only to be struck with a ball to the helmet playing against the tourists for Australia A in December and suffering a concussion.

A series of concussions have plagued his career and, he believes, contributed to mental health issues that have twice forced him to take time off from the game when on the cusp of Test selection.

After finally passing the health protocols, Pucovski received the cherished “baggy green” cap on Thursday morning, however, before being sent out to open.

“It was a pretty incredible experience, it meant everything to be honest,” he told reporters.

Also Read: Two Dropped Catches in SCG Test Sparks Rishabh Pant vs Wridhhiman Saha Debate on Twitter

“It’s been quite surreal, it’s been a rollercoaster. I feel like I’ve seen about a million doctors but I got through the protocols and I’m very happy to be here.”

Looking compact and assured, he scored 14 in the first seven overs before the rain descended, resuming with the same composure four hours later when the skies cleared.

He looked less comfortable facing Ravichandran Ashwin and looked set for an exit on 26 when edged the India spinner behind only for wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant to drop the ball cold.

“The way Ashwin used the seam and his variations was something I hadn’t seen before,” he said.

Also Read: 'Can't See Virat Kohli’s Feat in Australia Being Emulated by Another Indian Captain' - Ravi Shastri

Pucovski had added another six runs to his tally when he got another life, gloving the ball behind to give Pant a chance to redeem himself.

Although the wicketkeeper scurried back and leapt high to reach the ball, he was adjudged by the third umpire to have trapped it on the ground and Pucovski was recalled to the crease.

“I thought he’d claimed it so I thought he caught it, maybe I have too much faith in people,” Pucovski said, explaining why he had walked.

“It was pretty cool to be called back.”

A mix-up with Labuschagne as the pair went for a third run when Pucovski was on 37 left the debutant stranded at the wrong end but the throw from the Indian fielder was poor and he survived to bat on.

Also Read: Will Pucovski & Marnus Labuschagne Make Indian Bowlers Toil, Slam Fifties on Day One

Making the most of his reprieves, Pucovski slapped his fourth four to the onside just before the tea break to reach the half century mark.

“I was just absolutely loving it, it was probably my favourite day of cricket yet,” he said.



Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 New Zealand 3198 118
2 Australia 3028 116
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 South Africa 2499 96
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 6877 275
2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
FULL Ranking