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India suffered a big blow on Friday with young batting phenomenon Prithvi Shaw ruled out of the opening Test against Australia at Adelaide after injuring his ankle trying to take a catch.

Shaw landed awkwardly near the boundary in attempting to grab a big hit from Cricket Australia XI opener Max Bryant.

Pictures showed his left ankle bending 90 degrees inward underneath him as he tumbled to the ground.

Medical staff rushed to help him off the field, before he was taken to hospital for check up. He later returned to the ground on crutches.

"Shaw underwent scans this morning and the reports revealed a lateral ligament injury," BCCI said in a statement.

"Shaw will be unavailable for the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.

"He will undergo an intensive rehabilitation program to hasten the recovery and be available for selection at the earliest."

The news is a major setback for the visitors as Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a century on Test debut last month.