Bairstow desperate to keep wickets in fourth Test


Jonny Bairstow, who suffered a fractured finger in the previous Test will play the role of a specialist no.4 batsman with wicketkeeping duties falling on the shoulders of Jos Buttler.

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However, it was beginning to get a little tense after the team lost the Test series in South Africa and then lost the first two Tests of the five-match series in England.

Having played at nearly every delivery India's seamers had sent down at Trent Bridge, Jennings looked to leave better but perished fourth ball when he offered no shot to an exceptional delivery from Bumrah that swung back in wickedly from leg stump to rap the England opener on the back leg in front of middle.

# Skipper Joe Root is in at number three.

India and England are in the middle of the much awaited Test Series between Them. "He (Bairstow) didn´t seem fit to be able to keep 100 percent in a Test match for five days, and that was the call that was made".

"He´s in fine form, he´s gone back to his county and - what you want from worldwide 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", Root told reporters at Southampton on Wednesday.

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England´s Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope pose during nets, August 29, 2018.

"Sam went back and played for Surrey and now has another opportunity". At tea on day 1, England was 139 for 6 while the remaining four wickets also fell soon after that.

"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 hard weeks", he said. It was Moeen Ali who snapped six wickets and James Anderson got a fifer. He has bowled more overs in Test cricket without bowling a no-ball than anyone else, going past Graeme Swann, who bowled 2,500 overs.

Captain Kohli continued his blistering run in the ongoing series by scoring a second-innings ton.

England's 36-4 is their second lowest score when they have lost their fourth wicket at home against India, the other one being 34 in 1936 at Lord's.

With the two changes in the England side, Virat Kohli hinted that he is willing to go with an unchanges XI in the pre-match press conference.