Young sensation steps away from cricket

VICTORIAN rising star Will Pucovski will take indefinite leave from cricket due to a mental health- related issue.

The shock news comes a week after Pucovski’s stunning 243 in the Bushrangers’ Shield innings win over WA.

The 20-year-old was rested from Victoria’s current Sheffield Shield match against NSW because of illness and lethargy after the mammoth innings.

Late on Friday, team management said Pucovski was receiving treatment for a mental health-related illness.

“Will is a terrific young player and we need to do what’s best for him at this time,” Cricket Victoria manager Shaun Graf said in a statement. “We’ll continue to work with our medical staff to determine the best training and preparation plan to support Will at this time.”

Pucovski has had a great start to his Sheffield Shield career.Source:Getty Images

His omission from the match against NSW was originally put down to exhaustion after the marathon innings.

He is one of only nine players, including Sir Donald Bradman and Ricky Ponting, to score a Shield double century before turning 21.

Pucovski has impressed throughout his career and the double ton had heightened speculation about when he might make his Test debut.

But Pucovski has also suffered concussion problems, including two incidents last summer.

“Will’s health remains our highest priority and Cricket Victoria’s medical staff will continue to provide support to Will during this time,” team doctor Trefor James said.

Pucovski made his first-class debut in February last year.

He has played seven first-class games, scoring 520 runs at an average of 52 with two centuries.

Terrible piece of news.
All the best to Will Pucovski… and a speedy recovery. https://t.co/1ilewh8goe

Terrible news for Will Pucovski. Lovely kid, super talented but can’t get a run at it! @VicStateCricket https://t.co/F33xa3XmKY

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