England vs India: Chris Woakes to replace Jos Buttler in 4th Test

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England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler has opted out of the fourth Test against India because his wife is expecting their second child. The game will go down at the Kia Oval, London.

All-rounder Chris Woakes, who has been sidelined until now due to a heel injury, is set to replace Jos Buttler.

Jonny Bairstow, 31, will keep the wickets in the fourth Test. The five-game series is leveled 1-1. England won the third Test by an innings and 76 runs.

Ollie Robinson was declared Player of the Match for his seven wickets in the game.

England captain Joe Root has been phenomenal as well. He has been among runs and scoring centuries for fun throughout the series.

If he continues to score the way he has been, Virat Kohli’s men will have a hard time clinching the series.

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England coach backs Root

England head coach Chris Silverwood has said that Joe Root’s ability to reflect back on the team’s performance with bitter honesty is helping him become a better captain.
“He reflected on the Lord’s Test and some of the decisions he made,” Silverwood said. He also lauded Root for making a difference in the Headingley game with his ton.
“Seeing him become England’s most successful captain was superb. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a while. He’s in a great place at the moment and I’m really enjoying watching him.”
“Joe and I reflected on the Lord’s Test and thought about what we could learn and how we could get better. And I think there was controlled aggression around what they did [at Headingley]: the way they hit the lengths hard, the way they put the India tail under pressure and forced them to make decisions all the time. I think you can be aggressive in a very controlled way and I think they got that right,” he added.
Silverwood feels that Root has the potential to become one of the great England captains. But the right-handed batter can stamp his authority if England wins the Ashes in Australia.
As for Jimmy Anderson and Ollie Robinson, the England coach admitted that it is difficult to continue without the duo in a tight schedule.
“What I don’t want to do is break them. We’ve got a lot of cricket in front of us. The Tests are coming thick and fast now. They’re back-to-back. It is difficult,” Chris Silverwood explained.
Robinson and Anderson have stood head and shoulders above every bowler. Both have picked 29 wickets in the series altogether and have played a crucial role in dismantling India’s top-order.

Probable playing XI 4th Test

England: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes.

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India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

Shayan, currently living in San Diego, is a recent graduate who covers news on American Football. In his early days in high school, he was captain of the main team of his school.


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