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India will go into the Southampton Test against England with a lot of heart. The visitors have made an impressive turn around in the ongoing five-match Test series, winning the 3rd game convincingly. The 4th Test at the Rose Bowl will provide a chance for Virat Kohli and his men to make it 2-2.
India likely to go with the same XI
According to the reports, skipper Virat Kohli is expected to field an unchanged eleven for the game at Southampton. However, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had suffered a groin injury, but he looked fine at nets.
The ace spinner wasn’t cent per cent fit for the third Test, but the management went ahead with him. He is likely to be fit for the game on Thursday, which is good news for the team.
The spinner bowled just one over in England’s first innings and managed to pick up a lone wicket on the last day of the Test. A stunning 203-run victory also means Joe Root will have to get his work cut out, as the hosts can’t afford to get complacent.
Virat Kohli sounded confident at the press conference and hinted at an unchanged line-up for the all-important game.
“As things stand, we don’t feel the need to change anything,” Virat Kohli said in the press conference.
At the other camp, England has named their squad for the 4th Test. Jonny Bairstow, who sustained a minor fracture in Nottingham, is fit to play but he won’t be keeping wickets.
All-rounder Moeen Ali is back in the team and Sam Curran has been recalled as well.
“Chris Woakes is not fit to play this week and Ben Stokes has a slight issue so for the balance of the side Moeen Ali comes in for Ollie Pope,” Root said.
“Jos Buttler is going to keep. 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.”