Prithvi Shaw, who missed the first two Test matches against Australia due to injury, has been ruled out of the rest of the four-match series Down Under. Top-order batsman Mayank Agarwal has been named as his replacement for the third and fourth Test, to be played in Melbourne and Sydney respectively, the International Cricket Council (ICC) reported. Opener Prithvi Shaw had suffered an ankle injury while attempting a catch during a practice match against Cricket Australia XI last month.

However, India coach Ravi Shastri had earlier said the 19-year-old batting sensation is a more likely return for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

“It was heart-breaking to see him go down. But the good thing is he’s recovering quickly. He’s already started walking. Hopefully if we can get him to run a bit by the weekend, that’s really good signs,” Shastri was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“With youth on his side there might just be a case where he might recover quicker,” he added.

Shaw made a dreamlike debut after he scored a century against the Windies at home.

He landed awkwardly while fielding in a Sydney warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI. His left ankle was heavily strapped as he limped around the Adelaide Oval last week. But later he was spotted jogging around the sidelines, although still wearing a protective brace.

Shaw was set to open the batting alongside either KL Rahul or Murali Vijay in Adelaide. In his absence, those two were paired together.