Australia should take an unchanged line up into the Boxing Day Test if David Warner fails in his bid to overcome a groin injury, former Aussie batsman Callum Ferguson says.
Despite the emergence of opener Will Pucovski, Ferguson says Australia should rule the youngster out of the entire Test series against India due to his ongoing concussion battles.
“I can’t see them playing Pucovski. To be honest, I’m staggered we’re still talking about it,” Ferguson said on ABC Grandstand.
“He’s had so many hard hits to the head.
“Glancing blows have been seeing him leave the field in the last two to three years where other players would have just taken the helmet off, looked at it and gone, ‘Yeah nah, that’s fine’ and then put it back on and kept batting.
“I can’t believe we’re talking about bringing a young lad, who’s at 22, back into a Test side to face this Indian attack.”
Pucovski had been pushing to partner Warner for the First Test before both were ruled out with injury.
Pucovski suffered another concussion in a tour match against India A while Warner suffered a groin injury in the one-day series, meaning the under-fire Joe Burns held his spot at the top of the order.
And he was joined by Matthew Wade, who was promoted to opener for the First Test.
By the end of the third day, Burns scored an unbeaten 51 to lead Australia to victory.
And that should be enough to hold down his spot heading into the Boxing Day Test, according to Ferguson.
The former Test batsman says he wants to see Pucovski go back to Shield cricket, which starts again after the Big Bash League, before attempting to play for Australia.
“He needs to go back and show he is able to compete again at club level,” Ferguson said.
Australian coach Justin Langer confirmed Pucovski will need to pass the concussion protocols before he could be considered for an MCG debut.
Warner is also in a race to be fit, with Cricket Australia flying the star, his family and Test squad member Sean Abbot out of Sydney as a COVID precaution today.