Pucovski stunned by Australia call-up

By Sports Desk January 09, 2019

Will Pucovski said his shock call-up to the Australia Test squad for the series against Sri Lanka came "quite a bit sooner" than he could have envisaged.

The 20-year-old batsman was given the nod for the two-match series along with Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns as Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh were axed.

Pucovski only returned to Sheffield Shield action with Victoria last month, having taken leave due a mental-health issue after scoring a double century against Western Australia in October, and he was stunned to be included in Australia's 13-man squad.

"I'm feeling really good, as good as I have felt in a really long time," Pucovski said. "I've met some people along the way who have helped me turn things around.

"There is probably no better time to get exciting news like I have in the last 24 hours. It's not every day you get called up to represent your country, so it's been a very exciting couple of days.

"[The selection has come] quite a bit sooner [than expected] to be honest. It's every kid's dream and to think in two weeks' time there's a chance I could be playing for your country is just amazing.

"You can't even use words to describe it. It is one of those things...even the joy on your family and friends' faces when you've told them or they've got the news, it makes you proud to make a lot of other people proud as well.

"A lot of the messages I've received today are, 'You've got there for a reason, so just try to play your way and embrace that as much as you can'.

"My challenge if I do get picked is to do that, and just try to bat the way I bat, prepare the way I prepare. If things work out, that's great, but for a 20-year old, it's just super exciting either way."

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