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Australia fast-track batting prodigy Will Pucovski to Test side for Sri Lanka series

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A storm was whirling in Will Pucovski’s mind. The 20-year-old batting prodigy from Victoria, likened in style and quality to Ricky Ponting, didn’t know what was going in his mind. On the morning of Victoria’s match against Western Australia in Perth, he reached a breaking point, snapped and confided to Lachie Stevens, Victoria’s assistant coach that he couldn’t take the trauma any longer. Stevens soothed him saying: “You should take a break but after the match.”

He went on to amass 243, the highest score in Sheffield Shield by a 20-year-old since Ricky Ponting. But he fails to recollect anything that happened between 64 and 243. “It’s weird for me, because usually I can remember quite vividly what I’d done or the innings I’d played, or the days I’d been through and I honestly think I was so out of it that it almost became a natural instinct thing where you’d just watch the ball for the split second you needed to and then just be in another world almost,” he later revealed in podcast with Follow On.

At night, he buzzed his parents Jan and Jules and told them about his condition. The next day he informed the coaching staff that he needed an “indefinite” break from the game and explained the mental situation, leaving the cricket fraternity shocked.