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Will Pucovski may have played his last game of cricket as concussion symptoms linger

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Cricket News: The future of Will Pucovski to be decided in the coming weeks after the batsman suffered another concussion back in March

Will Pucosvki may have played his last game of cricket after the Victoria batsman was suffering from concussion symptoms six weeks after being struck in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Hobart two months ago.

On March 3, Pucovski was hit by a Riley Meredith bouncer, ending his Australian domestic season. Also, he was pencilled in to feature for Leicestershire in the County Championship, but had to withdraw.

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It is understood that a panel, comprising of Cricket Australia (CA), Cricket Victoria (CV) and independent medical experts, is assessing Pucovski’s situation and mapping out his future. The process had to be delayed due to the fact that the batsman was still experiencing concussion symptoms.

According to reports, the symptoms have eased. However, questions remain on Pucovski’s cricketing future. The 26-year-old has now suffered 12 concussions, with six coming since 2017, and medical experts are seriously concerned with how long the symptoms have lingered since the incident.

Indeed, a decision about his future will take into account not only his physical wellbeing, but mental also. Earlier this year, Pucovski said the concussions have contributed to his mental health issues, which forced him to take breaks throughout his career.

Speaking to the Vic State Cricket podcast, Pucovski said “I sort of link the mental health stuff back to my first concussion…which was when I was about 15 or 16. I have a lot of concussion symptoms that over a seven or eight year period, actually never subsided.

“The mental health has been a much bigger issue for me than even the concussions. I don’t fear for my long-term health, it’s more the mental health side that’s been the tougher part.”

Pucovski also revealed he’d fail concussion tests regardless of whether he was hit in the head or not. He spoke of how he’s had to get used to dealing with the challenges.

“You just sort of got used to having them in a way,” he added. “The brain’s pretty amazing and can find ways to adapt. I would fail concussion tests in the exact same way every single time, regardless of whether I had been hit in the head, and that was over a seven or eight year period.”

Touted as a long-term Test opener for Australia, it’d be a great disappointment if Will Pucovski has played his last game. He impressed in his lone Test, hitting 62 against India at the SCG in 2021. He currently has 2,350 First Class runs at an average of 45.19, with nine fifties and seven hundreds in 36 matches.

However, Pucovski has performed nicely as a commentator in the Big Bash League for Channel 7, which may be one of the ways he remains in the game if he stops playing.

Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: https://www.youtube.com/@cricblogtv For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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