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Pucovski out of first Test, aiming for Boxing Day baggy green

Victorian young gun Will Pucovski has been ruled out of the first Test due to concussion, with state teammate Marcus Harris to make his return to the baggy green in Adelaide next week.

Five days after he was struck on the head, selectors pulled the pin on Pucovski for the series-opener against India, in a move which may yet spare embattled incumbent Joe Burns.

Will Pucovski was left rattled.Credit:Getty Images

His withdrawal paves the way for Harris to return to the Test XI just over a year after he lost his place in the side following a poor run in the Ashes.

Harris had been in just as hot a form as Pucovski in the Sheffield Shield without raising as much attention as his teammate or Green.

Armed with a tighter technique developed with Victoria coach Chris Rogers, the left-hander stormed back into Test calculations with 355 runs at 118 in the Shield.

"Given the spate of injuries in recent weeks, we're fortunate to be able to bring a player of Marcus' calibre into the Test squad," national selector Trevor Hohns said.

"Marcus has been in outstanding form for Victoria this season and has had the benefit of facing India's bowlers in both three-day tour matches at Drummoyne and under lights at the SCG.

"At the same time, we are disappointed for David and Will that they will not be available for the first Vodafone Test. We have taken a conservative approach in managing Will since he sustained the concussion and hope he and David will be back to full health ahead of the Boxing Day Test."

There was another Australian cricketer ruled out with concussion, with Harry Conway subbed out of the Australia A game.

The giant seamer was hit on the helmet while batting on Friday night and did not report concussion symptoms when assessed by medical staff on the field directly after his hit.

Conway did, however, report symptoms after the Australia A innings, which finished when he was caught well short of his ground after mis-judging a run.

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