England's Bairstow keen to retain wicketkeeper role for fourth Test

Michael Vaughan Makes Big Virat Kohli Prediction Ahead Of 4th Test

England were all out for 246 at stumps on Thursday (NZT Friday) with India on 19-0 after their openers were forced to play out four overs to conclude the first day in the must-win match for the visitors who trail in the five-match series 2-1.

The England selectors have made a decision to go with Surrey seam-bowling all-rounder Sam Curran, while all-rounder Moeen Ali has also been included in the eleven.

The fourth Test match between India and England is all set to start in Southampton.

He suffered a minor finger injury while keeping wickets in the Trent Bridge Test but has expressed willingness to play despite of that for England in Southampton.

Here are the updates of the third test between India and England at Trent Bridge.

Bairstow has been England's leading run scorer in the series with 206 runs at an average of 41.20.

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.

With Jonny Bairstow fit to bat, he has been retained in the team as a specialist batsman, while Jos Buttler will don the gloves.

He stressed that while he has recovered sufficiently to play as a specialist batsman, he is desperate to keep wicket as well, for that's when he is at his best.

"He's in fine form, he's gone back to his county and - what you want from global players is for them to go back and prove a point - and that's exactly what Moeen's done in the last couple of weeks", captain Joe Root said, per the Guardian. The 36-year-old has already picked up 17 wickets in the series so far and is just six wickets away from levelling Glenn McGrath's tally of 563 Test scalps.

"Last time around I can't really pinpoint as to what we did wrong or maybe England played much better than us", he said. The wicket definitely turns on the third, fourth and fifth day in any Test match. "We've bounced back from hard defeats before and that's the challenge for us to do it again here", Joe Root continues. We could get to the Oval and it'll be very different again - that is being a part of a squad.

For India, Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets while Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets each.

"We under-performed last week - that's the bottom line - and we have a great opportunity to put that right this time around", said Yorkshire batsman Root.

"Hopefully it's not too long before I can get out there and get keeping and hopefully it's in this game", said Bairstow.

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



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