“He is in good spirits and has been communicating and interacting regularly with teammates and staff.
“Will will remain with the Australia A squad in Sydney where we will continue to monitor his progress.”
The incident was Pucovski’s ninth concussion in a terrible sequence of misfortune that has included him hitting his head on a door at his home in Melbourne and a knock he took playing Australian rules football as a teenager.
“It’s not great,” said Cummins of the succession of Pucovski concussions.
“But I suppose in cricket it’s been spread out over a few years. The good thing is he’s been through it and he knows how to come back. He’s obviously got the best experts around him that are going to help him.
“I wish him all the best but it’s obviously not ideal. You just want to go out and play sport, you don’t want to think about these kinds of things or your health. Fingers crossed, he’ll be OK.”
Pucovski was poised to play his first Test nearly two years after making his first squad in the summer of 2018-19.
While a decision has not yet been made on his availability for Adelaide, the Border-Gavaskar series opener starts only nine days after he was felled in Sydney.
Cummins has empathy for the batsman, knowing all about striking hurdles even if the kind of injuries that put nearly six years between his first and second Test matches were very different.
“Will is in career-best form, he’s in a vein of form that a rare group of people probably ever get to experience and he’s probably a week away from his Test debut,” said Cummins, speaking on Wednesday as an ambassador for luxury timepiece brand Hublot.
“Of course, you feel for him. The hardest thing I found about injuries is largely they’re totally out of your control. You might be batting really well or bowling really well and something like this pops up as a major hurdle. Hopefully he’ll get through it.”
The Adelaide Test, meanwhile, proved too soon for Warner to complete his recovery from a groin tear in the second one-day international 10 days ago, with the Boxing Day Test now his target.
“I feel I have made great progress in a short amount of time and it’s best for me to stay here in Sydney to continue working on getting back to full fitness,” Warner said.
“The injury feels a lot better, but I need to be able to satisfy in my own mind and to my teammates that it is 100 per cent ready for Test match conditions.
“That includes running between the wickets and being agile in the field. Right now I feel I am short of being able to play at peak fitness and another 10 days will make a difference.”
The injuries to Warner and Pucovski and fellow opener Joe Burns’ poor form has suddenly triggered uncertainty about the make-up of Tim Paine’s XI.
Cummins said losing Warner was a setback – “you saw the summer he had last year” – but not an insurmountable one.
“I feel like leading into every summer the conversation is always about five quick bowlers we’ve got to fit into three [spots]. This summer it was about the 10 batters we’ve got to try and fit into six [places],” he said.
“It’s amazing how just before the Test starts it normally kind of sorts itself out. It’s not a new problem. The good thing is we’ve [had batsmen who have] been able to play Shield cricket and lots of guys scored plenty of runs. But you want everyone to be available in a perfect world.”
Chris Barrett is Chief Sports Reporter of The Sydney Morning Herald.