Former opener Chris Rogers is adamant Will Pucovski will have no issues facing down his fears and getting mentally ready for a potential Test debut in Melbourne.
Pucovski is recovering from what is believed to be his ninth concussion, having been ruled out of the first Test between Australia and India.
National selectors are hopeful the 22-year-old, who demanded selection in the national squad with a pair of double-tons in the Sheffield Shield hub, will be available for the Boxing Day Test.
Rogers, who opened throughout a 25-Test career, was appointed coach of Victoria earlier this year and has become a key mentor in Pucovski’s push for a baggy green.
Rogers was part of Australia A’s coaching staff during the game when Pucovski was struck on the helmet by a bouncer.
The 43-year-old also knows Cricket Australia’s protocols well, having suffered a head knock that forced him to miss two Tests in the West Indies during a tour in 2015.
“Time is gold. From my own experience, you just need a bit of time to get over it,” Rogers told reporters.
“Then get back in the nets, almost go through your process again. Face your fears down a little bit and almost get back on the horse.
“Every day is going to count for him. Now he has a bit more time to prepare for Melbourne, that’s going to help.
“He’s been through it before and keeps coming out the other side, so he’s definitely shown resilience.”
Rogers shot down suggestions that Pucovski, who can expect to be peppered with bouncers in then nets by teammates then out in the middle by India’s star- studded attack, has a weakness against short-pitched bowling.
“He’s done so much work on playing the short ball and he just made a mistake,“ Rogers said.
“Sometimes you don’t always get it right.
“What people might not know is he played a couple of Shield games and they tried to bounce him from almost the 10th over, for his whole innings. He got two double-hundreds.
“He has actually been playing that short ball pretty well … if he had that opportunity, he’d be able to go out and take on the Indian bowlers.”