Chris Rogers said the batter is “pretty positive” after the latest setback and last season showed what he can do
It is hoped he will be available for the return fixture against New South Wales at the MCG next month and then potentially the third Shield game the two states are looking to pencil in during November, although for anyone selected in the Test squad there will be quarantine periods in Queensland to factor in.
“It’s a good question,” Rogers said when asked when there are too many blows. “Nothing that I can really answer. He sees specialists so they’ll be talking to him about that and obviously that’s got to play a role at some stage but at the moment he’s still keen to continue on.
“He’s been through this before, he knows what it’s like. He’s a pretty resilient guy now. If you go through this many setbacks you’ve got to have something about you. He’s going alright. Yesterday when I spoke to him he seemed pretty positive so that’s all I can say.”
He said the selectors, which from next month will include new member Tony Dodemaide, will want to be assured there are no concerns against the short ball but one big score could earn him a spot alongside David Warner at the top of the order. The India Test was the last competitive game Pucovski played.
“He’s shown before he can hit the ground running as he did last year with the two 200s, so if he’s good enough to do something like that again then the selectors would definitely have something to consider,” Rogers said. “He’s one of those players there’s an element of class. You know when you throw balls at him that it’s different.”
Test captain Tim Paine said fellow Victoria opener Marcus Harris, who is the incumbent in the Test side after playing against India at the Gabba in January, would be the frontrunner if Pucovski wasn’t available. But Usman Khawaja, who averages 96.80 in the five Tests he has opened, made a strong statement with 174 against South Australia.
Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo