England reveal the playing XI for the 4th Test
The fourth Test match between India and England is all set to start in Southampton. On the evening of the 4th Test Englandhas released their playing XI for the match.
The five match Test series between India and England in England is wide open now as the visitors clinched a big victory over the hosts in the third Test in Trent Bridge. But the hosts are leading the series 2-1.
There were so many concerns about the English squad for the 4th Test with in the eight days break. Left handed opening batsman and former captain Alstair Cook was expected to take break for the birth of his third child. But England Cricket Board had denied his break and had included him in the squad.
Jonny Bairstow who suffered with a finger injury during third Test has recovered a lot and he is been included in the playing XI. But Jos Buttler will serve as the wicket keeper as Bairstow is not fully recovered.
Sam Curran who was the man of the match in first Test match has been included in the eleven nanes as he will replace Chris Woakes who is suffering from a thigh injury. At the same time there is a surprise replacement that Moeen Ali replaces Ollie Pope.
With Moeen Ali’s inclusion the hosts will have two full time spin bowlers even though they have four seam bowlers. In the last India’s tour of England back in 2014 the right arm off spinner took a match winning six wicket haul at the same venue.
With the two changes in the England side, Virat Kohli hinted that he is willing to go with an unchanges XI in the pre-match press conference. Notably Virat Kohli did not play with same playing XI so far in his captaincy.
England team for fourth Test:
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (w), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson