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Jos Buttler to keep wicket for England in the fourth Test against India

Jos Buttler to keep wicket for England in the fourth Test against India
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England have selected Jos Buttler as wicketkeeper for the fourth Test against India at the Agead Bowl.

Jonny Bairstow will play as a specialist batsman, while Moeen Ali and Sam Curran replace Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes in the team.   

Hampshire batsman James Vince was earlier released from the 14-man training squad and will likely play for Southampton in their county championship clash against Essex. 

Jos Buttler runs through some innovative keeper training exercises after his promotion

Jonny Bairstow will appear as a specialist batsman but has relinquished the gloves

Buttler turns up for training having been chosen as the wicketkeeper for the fourth Test

Buttler turns up for training having been chosen as the wicketkeeper for the fourth Test

Buttler turns up for training having been chosen as the wicketkeeper for the fourth Test

England hold a 2-1 series lead, but lost the last Test by 203 runs and will want to make amends

England hold a 2-1 series lead, but lost the last Test by 203 runs and will want to make amends

England hold a 2-1 series lead, but lost the last Test by 203 runs and will want to make amends

Bairstow again tested his broken finger in the Ageas Bowl nets but was relieved of keeping duties. 

The Yorkshireman was however cleared to play here as a specialist batsman, as England seek to wrap up the series with an unassailable 3-1 lead. 

Bairstow appeared to have been at loggerheads with the England coaching team and selectors over whether he should retain his spot as wicketkeeper.

Jos Buttler assumed responsibility in the third Test when Bairstow left the field with his injury, but the Yorkshireman was desperate to reclaim the gloves for the fourth Test. 

Root confirmed Buttler would keep wicket due to Jonny Bairstow’s broken finger.

He added: ‘It was a medical call, he didn’t seem fit to be able to keep 100 per cent in a Test match for five days and that was the call that was made.

‘He will be disappointed but ultimately we’ve got to make sure we do the best thing for this team to win this game and I believe Jos is the right man to do it this time.’

James Vince will leave the England camp having been called up to the initial 14-man squad

James Vince will leave the England camp having been called up to the initial 14-man squad

James Vince will leave the England camp having been called up to the initial 14-man squad

Senior squad members Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad turn up for the session in Southampton

Senior squad members Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad turn up for the session in Southampton

Senior squad members Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad turn up for the session in Southampton

Stokes takes a breather on the floor during England's traditional warm-up football game

Stokes takes a breather on the floor during England's traditional warm-up football game

Stokes takes a breather on the floor during England’s traditional warm-up football game

The squad gather to chat with coaches before beginning their final session before the Test

The squad gather to chat with coaches before beginning their final session before the Test

The squad gather to chat with coaches before beginning their final session before the Test

England captain Joe Root was also pleased to welcome Ali back for the fourth Test against India.

Worcestershire off-spinner Ali was called up alongside Curran to replace Pope and Woakes.

Root told a press conference: ‘He’s in fine form, he’s gone back to his county and – what you want from international 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.

‘He seems in a really good place so that’s a good sign for England moving forward and good for him as he’s obviously gone away and worked really hard at his game.’ 

The England captain is confident his side can bounce back from last week’s 203-run defeat when they host India in Southampton.

He added: ‘It’s a big week, no doubt. We under-performed last week – that’s the bottom line – and we have a great opportunity to put that right this time around.

‘I think one of our big strengths as a squad is our strength of character and, at home in particular, we’re very good at bouncing back after difficult weeks. We’ve done it time and time again before and we don’t expect anything less from the group this time as well.’ 

Moeen Ali is one of two personnel changes, coming into the side along with Sam Curran

Moeen Ali is one of two personnel changes, coming into the side along with Sam Curran

Moeen Ali is one of two personnel changes, coming into the side along with Sam Curran

Buttler gets in practise with the wicketkeeper gloves having been reinstated for the fourth Test

Buttler gets in practise with the wicketkeeper gloves having been reinstated for the fourth Test

Buttler gets in practise with the wicketkeeper gloves having been reinstated for the fourth Test

With Chris Woakes missing the Test through injury, Sam Curran has earned a recall to the side

With Chris Woakes missing the Test through injury, Sam Curran has earned a recall to the side

With Chris Woakes missing the Test through injury, Sam Curran has earned a recall to the side

The squad are put through their paces physically as they aim to wrap up the summer series

The squad are put through their paces physically as they aim to wrap up the summer series

The squad are put through their paces physically as they aim to wrap up the summer series

Stuart Broad chases down his captain Joe Root during the competitive match

Stuart Broad chases down his captain Joe Root during the competitive match

Stuart Broad chases down his captain Joe Root during the competitive match

Bairstow heads to the nets having been picked as a specialist batsman for the fourth Test

Bairstow heads to the nets having been picked as a specialist batsman for the fourth Test

Bairstow heads to the nets having been picked as a specialist batsman for the fourth Test

 


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