England and India will lock horns in the ongoing Pataudi Trophy with the fourth Test of the series to be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from Thursday (August 30). England lead the series 2-1 with wins at Edgbaston and Lord’s.
Joe Root and Co. were riding on a high of a crushing win at Lord’s when they bowled out Team India for 107 and 130 in the two innings and winning the match by an innings and 159 runs.
The England team, however, failed to recreate the same performance at Nottingham, as India scored over 300 runs in both innings and bowled England out for 161 in the first innings. Though the English team made a comeback in the second innings, with Jos Buttler’s maiden century and Ben Stokes’ fifty, the target of 521 was too much of an ask for them.
For the 4th Test, Root has brought in Moeen Ali in the playing XI above Chris Woakes, who was the player of the match at Lord’s. Ali has been picked in the team, given his past success against India.
Woakes is also currently battling against injury. Sam Curran, who was dropped from the 3rd Test has been included in the final XI to accommodate Ben Stokes.
Here is England’s squad for the fourth Test against India:
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.