Victorian batting prodigy Will Pucovski takes a break from cricket to counter mental health issues
Will Pucovski scored 243 in his last Sheffield Shield innings. @Getty

Australia Test hopeful Will Pucovksi has announced he is stepping away from cricket indefinitely as he battles mental health-related issues.

The declaration comes amid a superb start to the domestic season, which saw the 20-year-old make 243 for Victoria versus Western Australia in his seventh Sheffield Shield innings.

Pucovksi was withdrawn from this week’s Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales and Cricket Victoria confirmed that he will not return to cricket until fully ready.

“Will’s health remains our highest priority and Cricket Victoria’s medical staff will continue to provide support to Will during this time,” Cricket Victoria’s doctor Trefor James said.

Added Cricket Victoria’s general manager Shaun Graf: “Will is a terrific young player and we need to do what’s best for him at this time. We’ll continue to work with our medical staff to determine the best training and preparation plan to support Will at this time.”

During his 243 last week, Pucovski batted more than a day at the WACA while facing his 313 balls in what is the youngest double-hundred in the Sheffield Shield since Ricky Ponting. It was Pucovski’s second century in seven Shield innings and took his first-class batting average to 52.

So moved was Steve Waugh by Pucovski’s double-century that he termed the batsman ready to step into Australia’s Test plans.