CRICKET: All the headlines leading into the first Test match against Sri Lanka circled around one bloke. Will Pucovski.

The prodigious teenager who had been plucked from relative obscurity to earn a Test squad call-up was all people could talk about. Finally selectors had listened to the fans; out with the old and in with the new.

But on the eve of the first Test at the Gabba, Pucovski was dropped from the XI to bring in non-squad member Kurtis Patterson.

Patterson had the runs on the board, thanks to unbeaten knocks in the tour game against Sri Lanka, but was it the right move to drop young Will?

MOOSE ELKERTON: The time is right to blood young brigade

IF THERE is one thing the past 12 months of Australian cricket has proven is that it is imperative we start looking to the future.

From all accounts Victorian wunderkind Will Pucovski is that future.

And this Test "series" against Sri Lanka is the perfect time to blood him into the international arena.

If we are serious about taking a new-look Australian squad to England for the Ashes, which we need to be, why not give them a chance in a meaningless two-match series on home soil?

Why would we pick Pucovski in the squad, give him all of this exposure to media, and then leave him out?

It makes no sense.

Fair call, Kurtis Patterson earned a call-up due to his impressive innings in the tour match against Sri Lanka. That's fine. I have room for both of them in my side.

The person I would have left out was Usman Khawaja. I know, crazy, but hear me out.

Khawaja is honestly the only player in our top six who would be a lock to play in England in the middle of the year.

He has been tried and tested in those conditions, albeit not in the most appealing fashion back in 2013, but he is the most stable cog in our side.

He will get nothing out of bashing an underwhelming Sri Lankan attack around the Gabba for three days.

In fact he will likely take away opportunities to bat from our young upstarts.

This is a testing Test series, and it is time for new blood.

JARRARD 'POTTSY' POTTER: Selectors choosing runs over faith

WHILE social media has been alight questioning the non-selection of Australia's next anointed wunderkind, I think the selectors have made the right call in not naming Will Pucovski for the two-test series against Sri Lanka.

How many times have Australian cricket fans pinned their hopes to a young star who has showed promise early in their domestic career only to see them wilt and fall away under the bright spotlight of international cricket?

Sure, there have been some players in the past who have revelled in the pressure and the limelight, but others have crashed and burned after a few early failures before being tossed aside by selectors, and attention turned to the next young gun making an impact in an understrength Sheffield Shield competition.

Some have asked: why pick Pucovski in the squad if he wasn't going to play? Two words: Kurtis Patterson.

While attention has been on why a 20-year-old hasn't been picked, the attention should be given to Kurtis Patterson, a 25-year-old debutant who just clubbed 157 and 102 against the same team he is playing now, the youngest batsman to score a Sheffield Shield century on debut aged 18 in 2011, who is the sixth highest run scorer for the Sheffield Shield this season.

Pucovski is young, and there's no question of his talent. I'm sure he would have learnt a lot about international cricket with his time in the Australian squad, and I have no doubt his time will come.