Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Sean's bouncer fells Pucovski in a chilling Hughes reminder

Sean's bouncer fells Pucovski in a chilling Hughes reminder

Will Pucovski, Victoria's batsman, has indicated that he is still keen to return to top-flight cricket once he completely recovers from the concussion that he suffered after being hit on the head by New South Wales' Sean Abbott in a Sheffield Shied game at the MCG. It took him several minutes to get to his feet, before he was eventually helped off the ground by medical and physio staff, seemingly struggling to keep his balance.

Sean Abbott was overcome by emotion after a bouncer he delivered felled Victorian young gun Will Pucovski at Junction Oval in Melbourne on Sunday.

In the 19th over of Victoria's second innings, Pucovski had ducked into a short delivery from Abbott and was struck on the left side of the helmet. Aaron Finch, Victoria captain who replaced Pucovski, also spoke to Abbott to make sure he was feeling all right.

An emotional Abbott took time to regain his composure after the sickening incident before resuming his bowling spell. At just 20 years old, has a history of concussion-related incidents.

For Abbott who raced to comfort the Victorian youngster, it brought back memories of that horror incident with Phil Hughes in 2014.

He suffered a nasty concussion in his Shield debut early past year and Sunday's incident was his third concussion this season, having also sustained blows in the JLT one-day series and Futures League.

According to a report on, Pucovski's first, and most serious, concussion injury came during football training at high school when the lightly built youth was flung in a sling tackle and his head slammed into the knee of another player, the severity of that blow consigning him to six months away from any sporting activity.

The death of the Hughes at 25 stunned Australian and world cricket, sparking an enormous outpouring of grief.

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