Australian opener Will Pucovski did not hit the nets on Wednesday i.e. just two days before the series-deciding fourth and final Test match at the Gabba, Brisbane as he was restricted to just field training due to a shoulder injury. Pucovski who had made his Test debut in the previous match at the Sydney Cricket Ground ended up injuring his right shoulder while fielding on Day 5 of the contest.
"Opener Will Pucovski was restricted to field training and did not bat while the fast bowlers, aside from Cameron Green, did not bowl during the optional session but also did light on-field training," Cricket Australia said in an official release.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday had confirmed that Pucovski suffered a shoulder subluxation injury in the Sydney Test and his participation in the fourth and final Test against India hangs in the balance.
The Aussies have a formidable record at the Gabba, Brisbane when it comes to the game's longest format. In the 55 matches that have been played at the venue, the hosts have won 33 of them and has only managed eight losses. Meanwhile, they ended up tying one game while the rest 13 of them have ended in a stalemate.
At the same time, Australia have also not lost at the Gabba in 28 matches, a record dating back to 1988.
The Tim Paine-led side must win the series-decider in order to seal the series. If the final Test match ends in a stalemate, then not only will the four-match series be tied at 1-1, but India will also end up retaining the iconic Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The visitors are the current holders of the prestigious trophy after having won the previous edition of the four-match Test series 2-1 in the 2018-19 season. It was also Team India's first-ever Test series win on Australian soil.
(With ANI Inputs)
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