After Maxwell, Maddinson, Will Pucovski takes break on poor mental health ground

Young Victorian batsman Will Pucovski has become the latest Australian cricketer to reveal struggling with mental health issues and has taken himself out from Test consideration.


21-year old Pucovski has had a fair chance to be selected in the Australian Test squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan.

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On Thursday, Cricket Australia (CA) received the decision from Pucovski for not taking him into consideration for selection “due to matters pertaining to mental well-being”.

“We applaud Will for having the courage to discuss his situation with team management in Perth,” Cricket Australia general manager of national teams Ben Oliver said.

“Will’s decision not to nominate for Test selection was the right one in the circumstances and one that everyone in the Australian cricket family supports.

“Mental health is a complex issue that unfortunately impacts many young men and women in our society,” he said.

Cricket Australia’s Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris said they will provide the youngster unconditional support to work on his mental well-being.

“There is much society still needs to learn in relation to mental health, but we know enough to say with great certainty that silence is not the answer,” Kountouris said.

“Cricket Australia has committed to being open about the challenges faced in managing mental health. We are putting player well-being first and supporting them unconditionally. That’s something we’re proud of.

“Will has demonstrated great strength in being open about his situation. While no one wants to see a fine young man like Will confronting mental well-being issues, we are heartened by the fact he is surrounded by excellent people who will support him. We are all right behind him,” Kountouris added.

Australia squad for the Pakistan series:

Tim Paine (captain), David Warner, Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Michael Neser.

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