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Pucovski cleared concussion protocols ahead of Sydney Test

Australian batsman Will Pucovski is cleared to play Sydney Test, after passing all the concussion tests monitored by an independent neurologist.

It is all set for the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground. The series is leveled 1-1-, after a dramatic comeback by the Indian team in the Boxing Day Test at MCG.

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Ahead of the third Test, the hosts have received double good news as their opening batsmen David Warner and Will Pucovski are expected to take the field, after missing out on the first two Tests due to injury. Australia head coach Justin Langer confirmed the news in an interview.

Will Pucovski was all set to make his Test debut in the Adelaide Test. Unfortunately, he got hit with a brutal bouncer off Mohammad Siraj’s bowling in the tour game between India A and Australia A. As a result, he had to miss the first two Tests due to concussion issues.

Now the possible debutant is cleared to play after consulting an independent neurologist through Cricket Australia. Will saw an independent neurologist, and he has seen a couple now, and I think the real heartening thing for him is whilst he has had a few concussions in the past, and they have come in different ways, it is not necessarily going to have any long-term impact on him,” Australia head coach Justin Langer said.

“I think if you can put your mind at rest with that, then that is a real positive for him. Pucovski is in a great frame of mind. He is incredibly positive about playing cricket. He has trained hard this week. As he and I have discussed a number of times, and I am sure other people have, the only way to get back on the horse is to get back on the horse.”

With Will Pucovski and David Warner regaining their fitness, both of them might be the openers for Australia in the third Test. In this case, Matthew Wade might bat down the order, and struggling Travis Head might have to sit back.

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