India vs England 4th Test Day 1 | Ind vs Eng 2018
The fourth match of the five-match Test series between team India and England won the toss and decided to bat first and bowled first team India. The Indian team has not made any changes in its playing XI, whereas there are two changes in the England team. Sam Curren has been replaced by injured Chris Woakes, while Mooney Ali has been replaced in place of Oli Pop.
There have been only two tests on the Southampton field. England played here against Sri Lanka (2011) and India (2014) and defeated India by 266 runs. The Indian team can take inspiration from the Trent Bridge Test here.
Virat Kohli is fourth in the list with 440 runs in the list of Indian batsmen who scored the highest runs in a Test series in England. The second name in this list is Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar scored 542 runs in 1979 England tour, while Rahul Dravid was once again at number three. Dravid scored 461 runs in the 2011 tour of England.
Kohli is in excellent form in this series and has scored two centuries. He is the biggest threat to England. In the third match, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have also returned to good form in the game form. Being in the form of all three, the Indian middle class looks strong.
Talking about the opening pair, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul did not play big innings in the third match but gave a good start to the team.
Young batsman and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant did not do much but impressed with his game. Pant would also like to contribute to the major innings in the major match in the key match. Hardik Pandya’s bat is also running in the lower order.
India’s bowling got strengthened by the arrival of Jaspreet Bumrah. Out of the first two Tests, Bumrah played a great part in the third match. He will be the bowling axis of the team. Apart from them Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami are also performing brilliantly.
India has the option of Pandya as the fourth fast bowler. The spin is expected to be on the hapless Ashwin.
Talking about England, he announced his last-11 team on Wednesday evening. Johnny Bairstow, who is battling the finger injury, has been selected in the team, but he will play only as a batsman. The responsibility of the wicketkeeping will be on Jos Buttler.
Chris Volks has had to go out due to problems in the thigh. Sam Curran has come in the team at his place. In place of Oli Pope, all-rounder Moin Ali was selected in the team.
There is also a display of anxiety headlines in England. Caiton Jennings has scored 94 runs in five innings. James Vince can be replaced in his place. Alistair Cook is also not in the form, who has scored only 80 runs in five innings.