Pucovski's Ashes hopes dashed

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Will Pucovski's Ashes campaign looks to be already over after chief selector George Bailey conceded it was unlikely he would play for Australia this summer.

Pucovski is continuing to suffer concussion symptoms more than seven weeks after a blow to the head, and will miss a third straight Sheffield Shield match for Victoria, against NSW starting on Friday.

It's now believed he may not return at any level of cricket until after Christmas, after he suffered his 10th concussion during a pre-season training session on October 5.

Pucovski has not played a competitive match since injuring a shoulder during his Test debut against India in January.

Victoria do not have another Shield match scheduled before the start of the Big Bash, with their next match not expected until February and after the Ashes.

And with that in mind, Bailey can't see a way for the 23-year-old batsman to fight his way back in.

"It's probably unlikely I reckon," Bailey said.

"He hasn't played any cricket up until this point.

"It's about getting symptom-free and feeling good physically. And then secondly, it's about just putting together a batch of games.

"If you look back over his last couple of years, it's been really hard for him to get that body of work together."

Bailey has spoken to Pucovski about his fitness, and has encouraged him to return through Melbourne Premier Cricket when ready.

Pucovski is unlikely to play in the BBL, and a date for his comeback is still yet to be determined.

Victoria's coach Chris Rogers also said Pucovski understood his Test summer is likely over.

"To be playing club cricket and to be picked (for the Ashes) out of club cricket, I'd probably be pretty surprised, as a lot of people would," Rogers said.

"I think even Will understands that as well.

I think it's probably going to be challenging for him to play Test cricket this summer."

"We'll give him some time now ... and we can look into how we perhaps support him through and almost get him ready for the block after the BBL.

"He didn't really even do a pre-season with Victoria after coming back from the shoulder (injury), so maybe this is the right way to go about it."

Rogers said there is no greater concern around Pucovski's latest concussion compared to previous instances, despite the lingering symptoms.

"(Our medical team) keep saying his history is actually that it takes him quite a long time to recover from a few of these blows," Rogers said.

"If anything, the time to recover has been getting shorter and shorter, (but) this one has just probably lasted a little bit longer again.

"We're trusting our medical team and Will to make the right decision."

Victoria will also be without incumbent Test opener Marcus Harris and Ashes hopefuls Scott Boland and Nic Maddinson against NSW because of national duty.

Former Test spinner Jon Holland will not play because of the imminent arrival of his first child.

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