Will Pucovski said his ability to re-enter his “batting bubble” has been the key to an astonishing run that has him on the verge of an immediate ascension in to the Test team.
After more than 1000 minutes at the crease in his first two innings as an opener the record-breaking Victorian batsman has launched a barrage of calls for him to be picked in the first Test to play India.
The 22-year-old became just the eighth player in Sheffield Shield history to make consecutive double-centuries, scoring 202 against Western Australia after 255 not out against SA last match, and the first player in more than 20 years to achieve the feat.
He said his “inner drive” never wavered during his monstrous efforts but his new found ability to avert fatigue when he feels it coming on is driving his run-fest.
“I don’t think the inner competitiveness wavers, you just do get that build-up of fatigue, there was a stage yesterday where I felt I was losing it, but I switched back in to gear,” Pucovski said.
“It’s like getting in to my batting bubble. For the first time in a couple of weeks I felt myself leaving that. But it was for only a sort time … I know how to get back in to that head space.
“For me it’s hadn’t been about the runs, its more about the process. I have been really happy with how I have been backing mt instincts .. the more I can do that results will come.
“You have to try and cash in when things go your way.”
Pucovski said he was not getting lost in the noise around him getting picked in the Test team.
“I’ve deleted every cricket app and most social media off my phone … I haven’t really read anything,” he said.
“It’s completely out of my control. All I can do is present myself every day and hopefully do well.”
Pucovski was asked to open the batting by new Victorian coach Chris Rogers, who saw it as the 22-year-old’s best way in to the Test team now.
In his only two innings at the top of the order, Pucovski has made 457 runs, faced 733 balls, and been out only once.
His score of 202 was his third double-century in just his 22nd first-class match.
Pucovski also broke the record for the fastest player to four Shield scores of 180 or above, getting there 27 innings. It took Sir Donald Bradman 35.
With nearly 500 runs in two innings, there's been a LOT of gold coming off the blade of Will Pucovski recently 🤤
Here are some of the best strokes from his double centuries #SheffieldShield pic.twitter.com/ZlozZtZZCf
The Vics declared just before lunch, and snared two quick wickets, before WA captain Shaun Marsh didn’t just steady the ship, he got it motoring, registering his third hundred of the Sheidl season.
At stumps WA was 4-198, still 216 behind Victoris’a 4-414(dec), on a day dominated by Pucosvki, who was aided to his double-hundred by his captain Peter Handscomb who made 84 himself.
Handscomb has a Test hundred himself, but said he was in awe of the 2020 version of Pucovski, who has been on the field for all but 11 overs of VIctoria’s two games.
“He just enjoys being out there. He would rather be batting than sitting down. He’s having a great time every time he bats,” Handscomb said.
Pucocski had been seen as having a weakness against the short ball, given his history of concussions.
But in his two innings so far this summer, he hasn’t shied away from hooking andf pulling, and has endured several bouncer abrrages.
Handscomb conceded that gtupe of bowling would intensity at Test level, but said Pucovski was ready for it, another tick in the box for national elevation.
“The bouncers are going to be more on the money, and probably quicker as well,” he said.
“It’s going to be a challenge for him, but he’s going out there, batting on instinct and it’s see ball, hit ball at the moment and its beautiful to watch.”
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