A promising young talent from Victoria, Will Pucovski’s journey to becoming a future Test star has been defined by remarkable achievements. He garnered attention when he broke the record for the highest run tally ever at an Under-19 National Championships, surpassing the likes of Ricky Ponting. Pucovski swiftly translated his potential into success at the first-class level, securing his maiden century in early 2018, only in his fourth game for Victoria. This exceptional innings, scoring 188 against Queensland, took place just weeks after celebrating his 20th birthday.
Pucovski’s path to Test cricket, however, has not been without its challenges. He grappled with mental health issues and faced several concussions in the years that followed. Despite these setbacks, he opened the 2020-21 Sheffield Shield season with remarkable achievements. He scored 255 not out and 202 in consecutive innings, a feat that catapulted him back into Test considerations. The first of these remarkable knocks came as part of a 486-run partnership with Marcus Harris against South Australia, establishing the largest partnership in Sheffield Shield history.
Pucovski was poised to make his Test debut against India that summer before being ruled out due to yet another concussion. Nevertheless, he later returned to the Australian squad during the series, reaffirming his potential to be a prominent figure in Test cricket.