Australia v India: Will Pucovski hits 62 on Test debut as hosts bat well on day one

Will Pucovski
Pucovski hit his maiden Test fifty having become the 460th man to play Test cricket for Australia
Third Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day one):
Australia 166-2: Pucovski 62, Labuschagne 67
India: Yet to bat

Opener Will Pucovski hit 62 on his much-anticipated Test debut as Australia had the better of the opening day of the third Test against India.

Highly rated 22-year-old Pucovski impressed until he was trapped lbw by fellow debutant Navdeep Saini.

Marnus Labuschagne ended a rain-shortened day 67 not out in Sydney as Australia closed on 166-2.

Steve Smith was 31 not out – his best score of the series – but David Warner fell for five on his injury return.

Pucovski was dropped twice by India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant – on 26 and 32 – but looked composed, scoring freely on both sides of the wicket after a patient start.

Long-tipped as a future Test star, the right-hander’s career has been hampered by mental health issues and a series of concussions – both cricket-related and otherwise.

He combined with Labuschagne in a stand of 100 after Warner edged a drive to first slip in the fourth over.

Labuschange added 60 unbeaten with Smith late in the day to give the hosts the early upper hand as both sides look to take the lead in a competitive four-match series, currently tied at 1-1.

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