India vs England, 4th Test, Southampton: India made a remarkable comeback against England in the third test, which leaves us with an interesting battle in the fourth test. With the match set to kick-off on Thursday, Joe Root announced England’s starting XI squad in the pre-match press conference and there are two changes. Also Read - Mike Hesson Throws Weight Behind Virat Kohli, Says India Captain Wasn't The Only One to Struggle in New Zealand
Chris Woakes will be unavailable due to injury and young Ollie Pope loses his place in the starting XI. incoming players will be Sam Curran and Moeen Ali, who will make his first appearance of the series. Also Read - Brad Hogg Names Top 3 Powerplay Batsmen in IPL; No Place For Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
“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. Also Read - Virat Kohli is not a Guy to Mess Around, Says Head Coach Ravi Shastri
“Moeen Ali has done exactly what you’d want him to do, 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,” he added.
England playing XI vs India for the 4th Test in Southampton:
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (w), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.