Paine ‘shattered’ by batting star’s latest setback

Australian Check captain Tim Paine says he was “shattered” by information of Will Pucovski’s newest concussion, revealing Marcus Harris is now the person almost definitely to associate David Warner for this summer time’s Ashes sequence.

The 23-year-old, who made a promising Check debut in opposition to India final summer time, was struck within the nets final week, and whereas no signs have been instantly apparent, he started to really feel the consequences the next day.

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Talking on SEN Hobart, Paine stated there was “little question” Pucovski would have opened the batting within the first Ashes Check in Brisbane in December.

Whereas the skipper was hopeful Pucovski would not face an prolonged stint on the sidelines, he conceded Harris is more likely to be within the workforce for the Gabba.

“He is in all probability the frontrunner now for that function. He is somebody who hasn’t had an prolonged run at Check cricket,” Paine stated.

“For him to probably now get an prolonged run at Check cricket, I am excited to see what he may do.

“He is simply come again from an excellent six months over in England enjoying for Leicestershire in county cricket and we all know his first-class document has been excellent for Victoria for a very long time.”

Pucovski has suffered as many as 10 concussions all through his profession, though not all have occurred whereas batting, and a few have been from schoolboy soccer.

Paine dismissed options Pucovski has a technical problem with short-pitched bowling.

“You do not common 50 in firstclass cricket with out being a great participant of the quick ball,” he stated.

“He had a very dangerous concussion when he was a child … he is extra vulnerable than different folks, he does not should be hit as exhausting to have some results on his head.”

Pucovski’s solely Check so far got here on the SCG final summer time, when he made 62 and 10, however suffered a shoulder damage within the discipline that dominated him out for the rest of the season.

The Australian skipper stays optimistic Pucovski may nonetheless play an element within the Ashes sequence.

“He is nonetheless hoping to be prepared at some stage this summer time,” Paine defined.

“He is received loads of assist round him, and we all know how good he’s, so there is not any must rush him in the meanwhile. He is 22-23 years of age, he is received a whole lot of time within the recreation if we are able to get it proper.

“(It was) shattering after I discovered. I’ve spoken to him a bit the previous few days. He’s enhancing slowly.

“I do not suppose it is as dangerous as a number of the others he is had earlier than, however together with his historical past we’ve got to be very cautious. I used to be devastated to listen to it is occurred once more.”

Paine is on his personal comeback path, having had surgical procedure final month on a bulging disc in his neck.

“I am doing a little bit of pilates, jogging and swimming. I am shifting fairly usually,” he stated.

“I hit about 20 balls yesterday, albeit underarm. The one problem at this stage is energy in my left arm.

“Simply being cautious with the load I’m placing by the backbone whereas there may be nonetheless some therapeutic going.

“The motion in my neck is nice and I’m hoping within the subsequent two weeks I can actually begin to put my foot down. I can go from zero to 100 actually shortly.”

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