Former Australia opener Chris Rogers expressed confidence that top-order batsman Will Pucovski can bounce back from a concussion that ruled him out of the first Test against India in Adelaide.

Pucovski had been in doubt for the game starting on Thursday after he was struck in the head while batting for Australia A against the tourist last week and was ruled out for the Test late on Saturday.

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Rogers, the assistant coach of the A-side, felt the 22-year-old would be right back in contention for the second Test in Melbourne that starts on Dec. 26.

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“Time is gold,” Rogers told reporters on Saturday. “Every day is going to count for him. And now he has a bit more time to prepare for (the second Test in) Melbourne, that’s going to help.”

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