India vs CA XI: Prithvi Shaw in injury scare after being carried off SCG outfield
Prithvi Shaw was in pain after landing awkwardly at the SCG. @Getty

India have been dealt a scare less than a week into the first Test against Australia, with teenage batsman Prithvi Shaw being carried off the Sydney Cricket Ground outfield after he twisted an ankle Friday during day three of the four-day practice match with the Cricket Australia XI.

Shaw appeared to have rolled his left ankle while attempting to take a catch at the deep midwicket boundary, and after writhing in pain was carried off the field. The 19-year-old completed the catch of fellow teenage batting sensation Max Bryant, but on impact of hitting the ground was seen to have landed awkwardly and fell over the boundary line for it to be called six.

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Cricket.com.au reported that the medical teams of both the Indian and CA XI setups ran to check on Shaw, and that he was then carried off the field by India’s physiotherapist Patrick Farhart and a member of the SCG support staff member. An update from a BCCI official later informed that Shaw had been sent to a local local hospital for scans.

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Shaw, who turned 19 this month, hit 11 fours after the CA XI put India in 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.

He appeared set, as of yesterday, to open the innings for India at Adelaide Oval on December 6 but this injury setback could dash that. India have Murali Vijay as the third opener, and the veteran is part of India’s 14 for the tour game.