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Swollen foot could keep Shaw out of NZ second Test

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
February 27, 2020 09:50 IST
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Shubman Gill will open the innings alongside Mayank Agarwal if Prithvi Shaw is unable to make it for the second Test against New Zealand, starting in Christchurch on Saturday.

India's strength and conditioning coach Nick Webb puts Prithvi Shaw through his paces.

IMAGE: India's strength and conditioning coach Nick Webb puts Prithvi Shaw through his paces. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Young opener Prithvi Shaw missed Thursday's training session due to a swelling on his left foot, increasing the Indian team management's worries ahead of the second Test against New Zealand, beginning on Saturday.

 

According to sources, Shaw will undergo a blood test on Thursday to ascertain the reason for the swelling.

In case the medical report is favourable, a call will be taken during Friday's practice session on his availability for the second Test. If Shaw is not comfortable while batting, he will not make it to the playing eleven.

Shubman Gill had a good net session on Thursday and it is expected that he would be asked to open the innings alongside Mayank Agarwal if Shaw is unable to make it.

During Thursday's nets, head coach Ravi Shastri was seen paying extra attention to Gill's session.

At one point, Shastri walked up to Gill and gave him technical inputs about footwork and what's required to check his uppish drives.

The Indian team management is hopeful that the swelling will not be a serious concern for Shaw.

The Mumbai opener did not even take part in the customary warm-up session where players had a good time playing touch rugby.

Shaw had a poor outing in the first Test in Wellington, getting dismissed cheaply in both the innings.

Tim Southee got him for 16 with an unplayable delivery in the first innings and he also found Trent Boult's short ball difficult to negotiate when he was on 14 in the second essay.

Skipper Virat Kohli has already said that he has confidence in Shaw's ability to come good because of his destructive ability and will certainly play him if he is fit.

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