India vs CA XI: In first Australian innings, Prithvi Shaw makes another statement
Prithvi Shaw made 66 on day two of India's tour match at the SCG. @Getty

Prithvi Shaw began his tour of Australia by scoring 66 off 69 balls as India s four-day practice match with the Cricket Australia XI got underway after a washed out Wednesday, leaving the touring team s batting coach Sanjay Bangar to marvel at what the teenager s fearlessness could produce in the years ahead.

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Shaw, who turned 19 this month, hit 11 fours after the CA XI put India in at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday to further underline the belief that he has what it takes to succeed in Australia. Shaw made his Test debut against West Indies last month and walked away with the Man-of-the-series award with scores of 134, 70 and 33* across two Tests, and recently scored 62 and 50 in India A s drawn four-day match with New Zealand A before hoping over to Sydney to link up with the senior team.

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“In whichever format that he’s played he’s made a mark straight away,” Bangar told reporters after play on Thursday. “Be it various formats of first-class cricket in India, be it the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Irani Trophy or India A, wherever he has played he as shown he could adapt to the conditions pretty well and to the stage as well.

“He plays with a lot of clarity and impressive about him is he gets into good positions. That clarity of mind and fearlessness of youth probably helps him quite a bit.”

Shaw will open the innings for India in the first Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval starting December 6.

The youngest Indian batsman to score a Test hundred in Australia is Sachin Tendulkar, who in 1990 at the age of 18 years and 253 days hit 114 at the WACA against an attack comprising Craig McDermott, Merv Hughes, Paul Reiffel and Mike Whitney.