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Cricket News 2022: Will Pukowski makes unbeaten 193 in marathon knock

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Australian batting prodigy Will Pukowski got off to a blistering start to the summer with an unbeaten 193 in Victoria’s second XI pre-season match against New South Wales at Coffs Harbour.

The 24-year-old partnered with young gun Ashley Chandrasinghe in a 270-run opening partnership at Sex International Stadium on Wednesday, retiring during the tea break after surviving 682 minutes with 404 deliveries and a crease. did.

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After starting Day 3 undefeated at 95, the one-time Test wonders are not hampered by a classy New South Wales attack headlined by former Australian cricketers Trent Copeland and Bendworthius. was.

Pukowski’s only downfall was when, on 159, he doubled in pain after being hit inside the box, requiring five minutes to recover before continuing play.

Chandrasinghe, who scored consecutive 500s in the Northern Territory competition over the winter, cultivated a patient century until veteran seamer Trent Copeland dismissed him with 110 in the early afternoon.

The Victorians were 1/428 at the stumps on the third day to lead New South Wales’ second XI with 139 runs in the first innings.

Early in the match, New South Wales wicketkeeper Matthew Gilks ​​scored 108 before the hosts rolled 289 in their first innings.

Pukowski made his much-anticipated Test debut against India in the 2021 New Year’s Test match at the SCG, scoring 61 in the first innings before suffering a premature shoulder injury to his Victorian teammates. Marcus Harris paved the way to replace him in the first XI.

The talented right-hander then suffered a concussion setback during the summer of 2021/22, spending most of the season on the sidelines.

The opening hitter’s 11th concussion scare came in a bizarre setting, somehow kicking a volleyball into his own head during a warmup.

Pukowski has appeared in three first-class matches in the past 18 months, scoring a half-century in the Sheffield Shield final against Western Australia in Perth.

Cricket Australia sent Victoria to Chennai’s MRF Academy last month to join a group of emerging batsmen and spinners to experience the subcontinent’s unique conditions.

The 10-day excursion showed that Pukowski, who averaged 51.63 with the first-class cricket bat, will remain an important part of Australia’s future Test plans.

“I’m pretty happy with him. He’s a good egg,” Victorian teammate and Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell told reporters at the SCG Wednesday morning.

“I was working with him pre-season a few weeks ago and he looked really good. I was so excited.

“He also traveled to India in the off-season and said he loved it.

“Will is a cricket fanatic. He loves absorbing new information and trying new things and it’s great for his game to go there.

“Having a successful Australian summer with him is really exciting for Australian cricket so I hope it bodes well for this summer.”

Pukowski will face New South Wales in the opening round of the Victoria’s Marsh Cup at Junction Oval next week.

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