Will Pucovski falls for 38 in a final-day stalemate

Victoria 4 for 414 dec (Pucovski 202) and 4 for 199 drew with Western Australia 479 (Marsh 135, Inglis 125, Holland 4-115)

Will Pucovski‘s attempt at a third consecutive century was the only storyline of note heading into the final day and a line-ball lbw scuppered those hopes early in the morning as the match between Victoria and Western Australia at Karen Rolton Oval petered out to a draw.

WA’s decision to bat deep into the third day and surpass Victoria’s first innings total left Victoria with little else to do but see out the final day. Pucovski, with scores of 255 not out and 202 to his name this season, began the day unbeaten on 32 alongside Marcus Harris with time to carve out another big score prior to the Test squad announcement.

But he was undone in the 11th over the morning having added just six runs to his overnight total. Cameron Gannon nipped one back off the seam and he was adjudged lbw despite being hit high on the leg and having survived a very similar appeal earlier in the morning. Victoria’s opening partnership of 84 was also 102 runs shy of their second-lowest for the season.

Harris ground out 45 from 150 deliveries as the surface slowed considerably before chipping a catch to midwicket. Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson spent some valuable time at the crease, as did Matt Short who was batting for just the second time this season.

Handscomb was undone by a neat delivery from Gannon that just left him off the seam while Maddinson was bowled through the gate driving at a full inswinger from Aaron Hardie before the match was called off at tea.

Cameron Green did not bowl a single ball on the final day having bowled just four overs on the third evening.

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