India vs England, 4th Test Day 1 at Rose Bowl Highlights

India vs England, 4th Test Day 1 at Rose Bowl Highlights

India vs England, 4th Test Day 1 at Rose Bowl Highlights

For a second Test in a row, winning the toss proved to be a poisoned chalice for Root as England lost their first three wickets in a Test for less than 100 runs for the 22nd time since January 2017.

England named its playing XI a day ahead of the Test match, Moeen Ali replacing Ollie Pope and Sam Curran coming in for Chris Woakes.

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.

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

England´s Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root during nets, August 29, 2018.

India won the third Test by 203 runs, but must win the fourth Test also to keep the series alive.

Root, explaining why Bairstow was playing as a batsman, with England white-ball gloveman Buttler keeping wicket, told reporters at Southampton on Wednesday: "It was a medical call".

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"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 - and that´s exactly what Moeen´s done in the last couple of weeks", Root told reporters at Southampton on Wednesday. But as we found out in the first innings of the third Test, depth doesn't always guarantee loads of runs.

"If you're not going to give more importance to first-class cricket, then people are going to lose motivation to play the longest format of the game", Kohli said.

In 2014, the key difference between the two sides was England out-spinning India over the course of five Tests.

Ben Stokes played with organisation and a straight bat until he was lbw by one that Shami nipped back. That one came into the left-hander, hits him on the back pad and that very moment it looked out. Bairstow is followed by Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and, Moeen Ali who got the nod to play in Southampton.

James Anderson is on the verge of becoming the most successful pace bowler in the history of Test cricket.

"We under-performed last week - that´s the bottom line - and we have a great opportunity to put that right this time around", said Yorkshire batsman Root. Suddenly it is the hosts who look hapless, and with a couple of ill-timed injuries thrown in for good measure, they, just like India did before Trent Bridge, face the prospect of having to act fast or watch the series slip away from them.

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.

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