England Vs India 4th Test: Bairstow Included; Curran & Moeen Recalled

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Despite suffering from a finger injury in the 3rd Test, England’s cricketer, Jonny Bairstow was passed fit and will now feature as a specialist batsman in the 4th Test against India.

The injury suffered by Bairstow came at Trent Bridge, when the wicket-keeper batsman was struck on the finger by one of Jimmy Anderson’s delivery at Trent Bridge. He was immediately supplanted behind the stumps by Jos Buttler, who will also keep the wicket in the 4th test.

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Furthermore, Sam Curran is all set to replace the injured Chris Woakes, while all-rounder Moeen Ali is also included into the test side as a replacement, for the young batsman Ollie Pope.

At present England are 2-1 up in the series, which means that a win at Southampton will guarantee them a series win. This series could already have been wrapped up by England, if it was not for India’s 203-run win in Nottingham, where England lost every one of their first-innings wickets for 161 runs.

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It has been 10 years since England lost consecutive home Tests, and maintenance of that run would guarantee that they should not lose the 4th test, thus expanding their vanquished record in home series to 9 wins in a row.

Meanwhile India, who are currently placed at the top of the Men’s Test team rankings, must maintain a strategic distance from defeat in the 4th test to keep the series alive, as a loss will decisively hand England a series win.

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Here is the England squad announced for the 4th test:

  • Adil Rashid
  • Alastair Cook
  • Ben Stokes
  • James Anderson
  • Joe Root (Capt.)
  • Jonny Bairstow
  • Jos Buttler (Wkt.)
  • Keaton Jennings
  • Moeen Ali
  • Sam Curran
  • Stuart Broad

Social Media Reactions – England Vs India

Most cricket fans were satisfied with the inclusion of Moeen Ali and especially Sam Curran, whose exclusion in the 3rd test became a point of criticism for the English selectors.

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