Pucovski seeks independent neurologist on concussions


“He’s been cleared by all the medicos and he’s obviously gone through all the concussion protocols,” Langer says

Will Pucovski has sought and received assurances from an independent neurologist about the long-term impacts of repeated concussions as he inches closer to a Test debut in one of the final two Tests against India in Sydney and Brisbane.

In a telling insight as to the level of introspection being taken by Pucovski ahead of his long-awaited step onto the international stage, Australia’s coach Justin Langer revealed on Tuesday that the 22-year-old had visited the brain and spinal cord specialist to discuss his concussion history and the implications of further hits to the helmet.

That Pucovski sought out a further, independent opinion after already visiting another neurologist lined up by Cricket Australia, underlined how much he has pondered the question of taking the step up to Test cricket and the likely barrage of short balls he will face from India. Pucovski has had a long and painful history of concussions, most recently against the tourists in a warm-up match at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney shortly before the first Test.

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