Opener playing Test debut for Australia Will Pukowski Has said that he came in preparation to avoid short balls in the third Test match started against India at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) from Thursday. Pukowski, who suffered a concussion after being hit by a ball in the helmet, did not play in the first two Tests of the four-match Test series. He scored 62 runs in the first innings of the third Test.
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Pukowski was hit by a fast bowler Karthik Tyagi on the head during the practice match against India-A last month and had to stay away from the first two Tests. He was also selected in the Australian Test team in 2019, but was ruled out for mental health reasons. Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald also coaches Victoria and Pukowski also plays for Victoria.
Pukowski, who received his baggy green from McDonald’s, said Warner gave him the option of facing the first ball. Pukowski said, ‘Davey (David Warner) gave me the option of facing the first ball or not. I could think of it 200 times but eventually I accepted it and faced the first ball. I was excited to get my chance, excited to get my baggy green. ‘