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Christchurch Test: Injured Ishant doubtful, Shaw fit to play

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Christchurch: Ishant Sharma is likely to miss the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch.

A recurrence of his right ankle injury sustained during a Ranji Trophy game will force him to miss the match.

He is likely to be replaced by Umesh Yadav in the team.

In India’s first Test defeat in Wellington, Ishant claimed figures of 5 for 68 in New Zealand’s first innings.

Young opener Prithvi Shaw has recovered from a foot injury and is “ready to go” in the second and final Test against New Zealand starting here on Saturday, India head coach Ravi Shastri has said.

Shaw missed Thursday’s training session due to swelling on his left foot, increasing the Indian team management’s worries ahead of the second Test.

But the good news for India was that Shaw was back in the nets on Friday with an extensive session under the watchful eyes of Shastri and got some valuable tips from skipper Virat Kohli.

“Prithvi is ready to go,” Shastri said, clearing the air on the opener’s fitness.

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. He also found Trent Boult’s short ball difficult to negotiate when he was on 14 in the second essay.

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