India vs England, 4 Test, Day 1

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TOSS: England have won the toss and have opted to bat.

# England make two changes, Sam Curran comes in for Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali replaces Ollie Pope.

England were batting at 28 runs in 12.6 overs when Jonny Bairstow six edged the ball to wicket keeper Ravi Pant from the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah after scoring six runs.

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Kohli is presently preparing to take on England in the fourth Test of the 5-match series in Southampton.


Batsman James Vince was called up to the England squad as cover for Bairstow, but there are growing calls for his inclusion into the playing eleven nevertheless. Looks like we're in for a fascinating five days finding out. Virat Kohli scored 200 runs in the match while Hardik Pandya (6/50) and Jasprit Bumrah's (7/122) anchored India to a 203-run win.

"He´s in fine form; he´s gone back to his county - and what you want from global players is for them to go back and prove a point", said Root.

The hosts won the first test in Birmingham by 31 runs. The big relief for the England side is that Jonny Bairstow will be available for selection.

Ben Stokes played with organisation and a straight bat until he was lbw by one that Shami nipped back.

Root was confident England could put last week´s thumping loss behind them as they went in search of a win that would give them an unassailable 3-1 led in a five-match series.


"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 shared stands of 81 with the returning Moeen Ali, who battled to 40, and 63 with Stuart Broad.

"He is a rightfully right up there with the likes of Glenn McGrath as one the greats of the game", said Root of Anderson.

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.

India captain Virat Kohli feels cricket is losing out on quality because of the "commercial aspects" which are taking over the game and also criticised proposed experiments such as the 100-ball format being pushed by the England Board.


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