Prithvi Shaw out of Australia tour, Mayank Agarwal added to Test squad
The uncapped Mayank Agarwal is back in India's Test squad. © PTI

The teenage opener Prithvi Shaw will play no further role in India’s Test series in Australia, with the uncapped Mayank Agarwal set to link up with the squad in Melbourne ahead of the Boxing Day Test, the BCCI said in a media release on Monday.

Baroda allrounder Hardik Pandya has also been added to the squad for the third and fourth Test to be played in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

Pandya, 25, marked his return to competitive cricket with a five-wicket haul for Baroda in their 2018-19 Ranji Trophy game versus Mumbai last week, and followed that up with 73 from 137 balls with the bat and then two wickets for four runs in six overs when the home team batted again.

Shaw, who suffered suffered a nasty ligament injury late last month during India’s tour match in Sydney, reportedly continues to feel discomfort. He recently resumed running and it was believed that he could return for the third Test.

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The news came on the day in which KL Rahul  was bowled for zero in India’s second innings of the second Test in Perth, lowering his batting average this year to 22.28. Monday’s dismissal was the seventh time in 11 innings that Rahul has been bowled.

Logically, Agarwal was the next in line to be called up as opener given that he was part of India’s Test squad against West Indies last month and has been a key member of India A’s success this year. Most recently, Agarwal scored 65, 42 and 42 for India A in two four-day fixtures in New Zealand.

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He finished the 2017-18 domestic season with a record-breaking 2,141 runs to push his case for India selection, which saw him top the Ranji Trophy run chart with 1160 at 105.45, including three hundreds – a best of 304 not out – and two fifties. As part of the India A tour of England, Agarwal was his team’s leading run-getter with 287 from four one-day games as they won a tri-series with England A and West Indies A. In the four-day matches, he made 68 against West Indies A and 1 versus England A.

Back in India, the 27-year-old continued his rich vein of form by scoring 236 runs in a quadrangular tournament with 236 runs at an average of 59 for winners India B. This included 124 versus India A and 69 against Australia A in the final in his home city of Bengaluru, which followed a double-century for India A versus South Africa A during a four-day match.