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England have brought back Moeen Ali for the fourth of the five-match Test series against India at Southampton. Furthermore, Sam Curran comes in for all-rounder Chris Woakes who’s struggling with a thigh injury, while Moeen replaces Ollie Pope.
Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow, who suffered a finger injury will play as a specialist batsman. However, Jos Buttler will slot in as the wicket-keeper for the penultimate Test of the series. Buttler will now have to play a pivotal role after his gritty hundred at Trent Bridge.
“Jos Buttler is going to keep,” Joe Root confirmed on Wednesday (August 29). “It’s a lot to ask Jonny to do it with a broken finger, but he’s fit to bat. We have to do the best thing for this team to win the game. There are no guarantees in international sport,” he added.
Moeen Ali forces his way back into the side with outstanding form in the county circuit. He scored a double-hundred and picked eight wickets for Worcestershire against Yorkshire just last week.
“Moeen Ali has done exactly what you’d want him to do,” Root said. “He’s been scoring runs and taking wickets in county cricket and should be full of confidence. We’ve bounced back from difficult defeats before and that’s the challenge for us to do it again here,” Joe Root continues.
Sam Curran returns to the side after having made way for Ben Stokes in the third Test. He was the Player of the Match in the first Test, and England will bank upon him again to torment India with the left-armer’s angle, something Virat Kohli and Co. have struggled with.
The fourth Test between England and India at Southampton starts from August 30 (Thursday).
England team for the Southampton 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