Jonny Bairstow confident of making return as wicketkeeper for fourth Test against India despite broken finger
- The Yorkshireman broke finger as England lost third Test to India at Trent Bridge
- Jonny Bairstow batted after the injury and wants to make a full return
- The fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl starts on Thursday morning
- Jos Buttler is expected to take over behind stumps if Bairstow is not fit
Jonny Bairstow is hoping to prove his fitness and resume his role as wicketkeeper when England take on India in the fourth Test in Southampton.
The 28-year-old suffered a broken finger as England lost at Trent Bridge last week, with Jos Buttler taking over behind the stumps.
Bairstow plans to test the injury in training on Tuesday afternoon ahead of Thursday’s start, but wants to be involved in the match in some capacity.
Jonny Bairstow is desperate to return as wicketkeeper for England in the fourth Test
‘The swelling has gone down. Hopefully I’m going to try and keep wicket in training this afternoon as well,’ he said on Sky Sports.
‘You obviously want to play, so If I’m not able to keep wicket then I would like to think I’ll be a specialist batsman, but at the same time I’m desperate to try and keep my place as the keeper.
‘I’m very, very keen to keep my spot as the keeper because I would like to think it’s gone pretty well over the last 38/39 Test matches that I’ve been keeping for England.’
India reduced England’s lead in the five-match series to 2-1 with a thumping 203-run victory in Nottingham, and Bairstow is expecting another tough encounter.
However, he is taking confidence from England’s last Test outing at the Ageas Bowl, where they beat India by 266 runs in 2014.
‘It’s going to be a great contest,’ he added.
‘India played well in the last game, but the last Test match played here was a comprehensive win, so we’ll turn up fully confident and excited after a good few days off.
‘They’ve got to win the next two games in order to clinch the series, so it will be a fantastic game and we’re full of confidence still.’
The Yorkshireman is likely to still feature as specialist batsman if he can’t play behind stumps