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England field 2 spinners, recall Sam Curran for 4th Test against India

first_imgEngland have recalled all-rounders Moeen Ali and Sam Curran for the fourth Test against India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from August 30. While Moeen did not play the first three Tests at Edgbaston, Lord’s and Trent Bridge, Curran made way for Ben Stokes in the third Test.More significantly, Jonny Bairstow, who suffered a broken finger at Trent Bridge, will play the penultimate Test of the five-match series. Jos Buttler will keep wickets.England won the first two Tests before India bounced back to win at Trent Bridge courtesy of another fine batting performance by Virat Kohli. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane also returned to form while the pacers continued to impress.Hadik Pandya took a five-wicket haul in the first innings to hasten England’s collapse before Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets in the second innings to seal victory for India.England will be relieved with the fact that Bairstow has been cleared to play. Skipper Joe Root, meanwhile, said Chris Woakes was not fit to play this week.”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, 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.advertisement”We’ve bounced back from difficult defeats before and that’s the challenge for us to do it again here.”England team for fourth Test: Cook, Jennings, Root (c), Bairstow, Stokes, Buttler (w), Moeen Ali, Curran, Rashid, Broad, Andersonlast_img read more