Skipper Tim Paine revealed after the end of play on Thursday that he had informed Will Pucovski about his oncoming debut a few days earlier, but had told the youngster to stay quiet about it.
Will Pucovski made his Test debut for Australia on Thursday. (AP Photo)
- Pucovski on Thursday became the 460th player to represent Australia in Tests
- He was given his debut cap by assistant coach Andrew McDonald
- He repayed the faith imposed in him by his captain by scoring a 62 in the first innings
It was only on Thursday morning at the toss that the Australian fans and the rest of the world got to know about the Test debut of Will Pucovski in the third Test against India.
But skipper Tim Paine revealed after the end of play on Thursday that he had a little confession to make about Pucvoski’s debut.
Paine said that he had informed the youngster about his oncoming debut a few days earlier, but had told Pucovski to stay quiet about the information.
“I might have a little bit of a confession to make actually. Because he was in my room a couple of days ago and he sort of asked (if he would be making his debut). I couldn’t lie to him. I said, ‘You are playing, but don’t tell anyone’.
“So I let it slip, but I was just excited for a mate,” Time Paine told cricket.com.au after play on day one.
Pucovski on Thursday became the 460th player to represent Australia in Tests and was given his debut cap by assistant coach Andrew McDonald.
He repayed the faith imposed in him by his captain by scoring a 62 in his first innings and giving his team just what they wanted – a good start.
He was eventually dismissed by another debutant in Navdeep Saini when he was caught leg before wicket in the 35th over of the match.
Luck favoured Pucovski on Thursday
Pucovski’s knock though, wasn’t chanceless. He was dropped twice on 26 and 32 by India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and survived a close run-out chance.
After the game, he did admit to having nerves ever since he was informed of his debut by Tim Paine.
“It wasn’t the best sleep I’ve ever had. In my head I think I’d built up I was going to be ridiculously nervous, and it wasn’t that bad in the end.
“I was pretty much just excited that the opportunity had finally got there and I was there on the ground receiving my Baggy Green,” he said.