Indian pacemen to target injured Bairstow

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Moeen, who has made two centuries in 10 Tests against India and taken 29 wickets, is back after six Tests out and Sam Curran, who contributed so decisively with bat and ball at Edgbaston returns.

Injury clouds weigh over Ben Stokes (knee) and Chris Woakes (thigh), meaning England could be left scrambling for another all-rounder.

That notion though, hasn't come to pass in the series so far with England shying away from preparing a swinging minefield in the first three Tests.

A cursory quarter-hour session followed in which Bairstow took gentle throws and then lobs from a ground-level bowling machine before spending at least as long in earnest and occasionally animated conversation with head coach Trevor Bayliss. There have been murmurs and whispers about it but like I keep saying he's the leading run-scorer in England's history for a reason.

With Murali Vijay axed from the remainder of the series, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul would once again open India's batting, while Hardik Pandya is likely to be retained in the playing XI after his all-round show in the third Test.

The risk in fielding an injured player was highlighted by India's Mohammed Shami, who said Bairstow would be targeted if he batted at Southampton.

But this season, the Hampshire captain has scored 847 runs at 56.46 in England's first-class County Championship.

Bairstow said he was "protective and proud" of being England keeper and did not want to give up the role in the longer term, adding that he will want to keep in the fifth Test at The Oval if ruled out this week.

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Two of them, a Suffolk County resident in her 40s and a Worcester County woman in her 70s, were admitted to hospitals. Plus, Kerkering said the health departments are constantly monitoring mosquitoes and chickens for signs of disease.

Bairstow, meanwhile, returned to training for the first time since breaking a finger during the third Test in Nottingham.

It will be interesting to see whether England will persist with leg-spinner Adil Rashid or bring in an additional batsman and part-time spinner in Moeen Ali to bolster their batting.

One over later, Bumrah nearly sent packing English skipper Joe Root (4) when he was on two, before the Decision Review System (DRS) came to the latter's rescue.

"There's no question about when he's going to score runs - that is going to happen". We have been able to learn a great deal from Anderson.

India have yet to field the same side for two consecutive Tests under Virat Kohli's captaincy.

Despite not having as much pace as his Indian counterparts, England's James Anderson has always had that element of guile and deception, something which Shami admires.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced their playing XI for the fourth match of the Specsavers' Test series against India starting on Thursday (August 30th 2018) at the Ageas Rose Bowl in Southampton.

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