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Injury puts Prithvi in doubt for first Test

India face a huge injury scare ahead of their first Test against Australia, as the young opening batsman Prithvi Shaw is in doubt for the Adelaide Test starting from December 6.

Injury puts Prithvi in doubt for first Test
Shaw was carried off the field by two officials from India as Cricket Australia medic John Orchard watched on.

Shaw, who scored a century on his Test debut last month, hurt himself trying to complete a catch on the boundary early on day three of the tour match against a Cricket Australia XI, snaffling the ball then rolling his ankle while attempting to stay in the field of play.

Eventually, Shaw was carried off the SCG for what appears to be a serious ankle injury.

“The medical team is assessing Prithvi Shaw at the moment,” the BCCI tweeted. “He hurt his left ankle while attempting to take a catch at the boundary ropes. Shaw is being taken to the hospital for scans.”

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If Shaw’s injury requires replacement, India will need to call up a backup opener. Mayank Agarwal, who was picked in the squad for the Windies Tests, and the recently-discarded Shikhar Dhawan could be in line for a recall.

However, if Shaw — who is also shouldering the burden of being labelled as the “next Sachin Tendulkar” — recovers in time, then he is certain to open for India at Adelaide Oval.

The right-hander has been in good touch of late, and also topscored for his team with a solid 66 off 69 balls on Thursday (November 29).

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