India vs CA XI: Prithvi Shaw returns from Sydney hospital, walking on crutches
Shaw had to be carried off the field after twisting his left ankle at the SCG. © CA

The chances of Prithvi Shaw playing the first Test between India and Australia at Adelaide Oval next week have drastically receded with news of the teenaged opener returning from a Sydney hospital with a strapped left ankle and with the assistance of crutches.

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Shaw, 19, injured himself while attempting a catch at the deep midwicket boundary at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday and was carried off the field while visibly in pain. The Indian team management sent him to a local hospital for scans, the results of which are awaited. The BCCI is due to make an announcement on Shaw’s situation later today.

During day three of India’s four-day practice match with the Cricket Australia XI, Shaw appeared to have rolled his left ankle while attempting to take a catch and after writhing in pain was carried off the field. Shaw 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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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.