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Australia vs India 2018: Prithvi Shaw Begins Road to Recovery, Eyes Return in Virat Kohli-Led India’s Playing in Boxing Day Test

Shaw was pictured with a heavy strapping on his leg ahead of the toss on the opening day of the series after suffering an ankle injury while fielding in India’s tour game against Cricket Australia XI.

Published: December 10, 2018 5:24 PM IST

By India.com Sports Desk | Edited by Aditya Chauhan

Australia vs India 2018: Prithvi Shaw Begins Road to Recovery, Eyes Return in Virat Kohli-Led India's Playing in Boxing Day Test
Prithvi Shaw preparing for MCG Test against Australia_Getty

After unfortunately missing out on what looked like a confirm berth in India’s playing XI for the first Test in Adelaide, opener Prithvi Shaw has finally been spotted hitting the ground ahead of fifth and final day’s play of Adelaide Test between Australia and India on Monday. The highly talented opener is well on his way to recovery after incurring an ankle injury during India’s only tour game against Cricket Australia XI. The 19-year old, who was reduced to use crutches for general mobility is now running with the protective brace.

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However, the Indian team management have not confirmed when Shaw will make his return to the eleven. The head coach Ravi Shastri said last week that the management will take a call on a date closer to the Perth Test.

Head coach Ravi Shastri spoke to SEN Radio and said, “It was heartbreaking to see him go down. But the good thing is he’s recovering quickly. He’s already started walking. It was really unfortunate.”

“In fact, we all were looking forward for him to play. It’s always exciting when you have an 18-year-old [19] kid who has come up the ranks, who has got runs in all formats for the game when he’s played back home,” he added.

The Mumbai-born batsman got off to a great start in Test cricket in the series against West Indies at home in October. Shaw announced himself in international arena with a smashing century on his debut and followed it by a 70-run knock in the next match.

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Published Date: December 10, 2018 5:24 PM IST