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 - Live Streaming Cricket India vs England 5th Test: When And Where to Watch IND vs ENG Stream Live Cricket Match Online And on TV
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 - IND vs ENG: Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Johnny Bairstow Return to England ODI Squad; Uncapped Richard Gleeson Earns T20I Call-Up
“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 - IND vs ENG: Cute Jasprit Bumrah Fan Win Hearts Before Start of India vs England 5th Test at Edgbaston- Watch Video
“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.