Young Australia batsman Will Pucovski has been released from Australia’s Test squad playing Sri Lanka due to mental health concerns as per Cricket Australia (CA). Pucovski has featured in eight first-class matches.

The Malvern-born batsman had earlier scored 243 for Victoria before going on a break from the game so that he can receive treatment for a mental health-related illness.

“Will Pucovski has been released from the men’s test squad and will return home to Melbourne to continue managing his wellbeing,” Cricket Australia Doctor Richard Saw said in a statement from the board.

“He reported some challenges over the past few days, and the decision has been made that the best thing for Will’s welfare is for him to return home to Melbourne.

“Will has been proactive in this process and while he has made significant progress, he feels this is the best course of action to get ready to play cricket for Victoria.” Pucovski consulted his family and Cricket Victoria before arriving at the decision, the board said.

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