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India vs Australia 2018-19: Prithvi Shaw Suffers Ankle Injury Ahead Of First Test 

India vs Australia 2018-19: Prithvi Shaw Suffers Ankle Injury Ahead Of First Test
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Prithvi Shaw injured his ankle during the ongoing warm-up game between India and Cricket Australia XI.

Just few days ahead of the much-awaited first Test against Australia, India suffered a huge blow with their young batting sensation Prithvi Shaw not being doubtful for the clash. The opening batsman had to be carried off the Sydney Cricket Ground with a suspected ankle injury during the third day of the tour game against Cricket Australia XI.

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Shaw, fielding on the deep mid-wicket fence, caught CA XI opener Max Bryant just inside the rope and fell over while trying to keep the ball in play as momentum carried him beyond. In doing so, he ended up twisting his ankle while landing.

Prithvi Shaw twisted his ankle while fielding (Credits: CA)

Shaw immediately fell to the ground while grimacing as India physio Patrick Farhart rushed to attend to him. The youngster was then carried off the field as he was unable to put any pressure on his left leg. BCCI later confirmed that he was taken to the hospital for scans.

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In case, the injury is serious, India will have to completely alter their plans for the upcoming series.  Shaw looked in stunning form on day two of the warm-up game, scoring 66 off just 69 balls. He was set to open the innings for India.

At the end of the second day’s play in the tour game, batting coach Sanjay Bangar had said that only one opening slot was up for grabs, making it clear that either of KL Rahul or Murali Vijay would open with Shaw.

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India could also be compelled to bring in an injury replacement if Shaw fails to recover in time. Mayank Agarwal looks like the most likely option while Shikhar Dhawan could also get a recall after impressing in the T20Is.

Adelaide opens the Test summer against India on December 6 in a blockbuster Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. The Perth Stadium will host its first Test match when India visit for the second Border-Gavaskar match, before the series moves back to Melbourne and Sydney for the traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s games respectively.

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