India batsman Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out of the entire Test series in Australia as he continues to recover from an ankle ligament tear. Mayank Agarwal has been called in as his replacement by the Indian team management, the BCCI announced on Monday.
The selectors have also added all-rounder Hardik Pandya to India’s squad for the third and fourth Tests to be played in Melbourne and Sydney respectively. Pandya hasn’t played for India since injuring his back during the Asia Cup match against Pakistan in September.
Shaw, 19, had sustained a nasty ankle injury during the only warm-up match India played before the four-Test series. The young opener had resumed training with a brace ahead of the second Test in Perth but did not play in the match.
India won the first Test in Adelaide by a narrow 31-run margin but are staring down the barrel in Perth, after being reduced to 112/5 in a chase of 287 on day four.
India’s squad for the 3rd and 4th Tests against Australia:
Virat Kohli (captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal.