They can't get this bloke out

Will Pucovski needs to be picked for the Aussie's this summer.


Thanks Captain Obvious.


The young Victorian is approaching his second double-hundred in a row, while the bloke who you'd think is the incumbent to his position has not passed 30 in his last 4 innings.


In fact Pucovski hasn't been dismissed at all this summer, 255 not out against South Australia last week and as play commences on Day 2 of the Shield match against Western Australia, Pucovski is 183 not out.


I'll do the math for you, that's 438 runs without being dismissed.



Poor old Joe Burns might be the victim of Pucovski's outstanding form.


It's harder to get out of the Test team, than to get into it according to Justin Langer. That may mean Burns is safe but surely Pucovski's form is near on irresistible?


Burns averaged 32 last summer at the top of the order, not outstanding, but the team is winning - albeit they haven't played for many months - and that might keep him safe.


Burns hasn't been alone in struggling for runs to start the Sheffield Shield this year, the batting freak that is Marnus Labuschagne is also struggling for runs.


That's right, he's human, Labuschagne has recorded consecutive ducks. Ouch.


But back to Pucovski, the challenge will be whether the Australian selectors believe he is ready to enter the international scene.



The current Sheffield Shield fixtures are the last chance to impress selectors in the longer format of the game, it might come down to some one day cricket as a final audition for both Pucovski and Burns.


For what it's worth, here's my test team for the opening test, which isn't until the 17th December, a day / night match at the Adelaide Oval.


Text XI vs India @ Adelaide Oval


Warner, Pucovski, Labuschagne, Smith, Wage, Head, Paine (C), Starc, Cummins, Lyon, Hazlewood.


12th man: Andy Bichel


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