Will Pucovski switches off from Test 'bat-off' talk: I'm off social media
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy will start with the pink-ball Test in Adelaide from December 17 followed by Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (December 26), the Sydney Cricket Ground (January 7) and the Gabba (January 15)
In order to stay away from the hype and intense speculation over his selection in the playing XI for the opening Test of the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, uncapped Australia batsman Will Pucovski has deactivated his social media accounts.
Pucovski, who is among the five uncapped players named in the 17-man Test squad, has made a strong case for selection in the XI with back-to-back double centuries for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield.
The right-handed batsman will have another chance to impress selectors when he faces India's bowlers in a tour match in Sydney from December 6. The Australia A game has been seen as an unofficial "bat-off" with Joe Burns. "It's a bit of a media build-up to be honest, the big bat-off thing," Pucovski recently told reporters.
"All I can really control is how I go about it in my preparation and then obviously in the game so I feel like my batting's in a really good place. I'm off a lot of social media, so that makes it a lot easier. You can't get tagged on Twitter and stuff if you don't have the app, so that's been a pretty easy one for me," he added.
However, this move by the 22-year-old to stay away from social media was more of a lifestyle decision than attempt to block out the hype surrounding his selection.
"As soon as the soccer transfer window ended in Europe I didn't really have much of a use for it," cricket.com.au quoted Pucovski as saying.
"I'd been thinking about it for a while. You waste a lot of time scrolling through stuff when you can be enjoying time with your family and friends," he added.
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy will start with the pink-ball Test in Adelaide from December 17 followed by Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (December 26), the Sydney Cricket Ground (January 7) and the Gabba (January 15).
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