Rising Australian star Will Pucovski’s summer is reportedly over, with the opening batsman set to go under the knife next week.
Cricket.com.au is reporting that the 23-year-old will have a full reconstruction on his right shoulder which he injured while fielding in his Test debut at the SCG last month.
It ends what was a mixed summer for Pucovski, which saw him score 62 and 10 for Australia against India, as well as a whopping 495 runs at an average of 247 for Victoria, including two double centuries.
The batsman missed the first two Test matches of the Indian series because of a concussion sustained while batting for Australia A against India, before he replaced Joe Burns at the top of the order for the third Test, being the 460th man to be awarded a baggy green.
The season-ending surgery is likely to try to help Pucovski be fit for the start of next summer’s Ashes series against England, which is about nine months away.
Because of the cancellation of the tour of South Africa, Australia have no Test matches scheduled until next summer’s five-game blockbuster series.
Selector Trevor Hohns said last month they had hoped Pucovski would be fit for the tour before it was called off.
“Will’s recovery (from injury) is progressing. He has had his shoulder looked at by medical people and at the moment, they don’t feel it necessary for him to have an operation,” he said.
“So we’re very hopeful that he will recover in time to take his place in that touring party for South Africa.
“There’s no doubt that we know Will can bat in the middle order as well at the top of the order, so that could well be a viable option for us.”
Pucovski was replaced by Nic Maddinson as opener for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield match currently underway against NSW.