Pucovski’s debut half-century helps Australia to strong position in third India Test

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    Will Pucovski (Photo credit: AFP via Getty Images)

    A half century on debut by 22-year-old Will Pucovski has put Australia in a strong position after a rain-affected first day of their third Test against India.

    The Aussies started off badly, losing David Warner for five as he was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara giving Mohammed Siraj a wicket.

    However Pucovski, who scored two double centuries over his last three first class matches, thanked the selectors for his inclusion in the Test team with 62 from 110 balls.

    The young Victorian lived a charmed life at the crease, having been dropped twice by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant – off the bowling of Ravi Ashwin in the 22nd over and Siraj in the 25th over.

    Pucovski is dropped by Rishabh Pant off Ashwin’s bowling (Photo credit: Getty Images)

    He was eventually removed by fellow debutant Navdeep Saini.

    By that time though, he had put on a 100-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne who himself went on to score 67 not out by the end of play.

    Steven Smith remains not out on 31 with Australia at 166/2 after 55 overs.