England vs India 4th test: After 3 enthralling tests, the action moves to Southampton for the penultimate test of the 5-match test series between England and India. Virat Kohli and co, have proved yet again why they are one of the best test teams in the world. The 2nd test at Lord’s was an absolute disaster. The Indian legion held their chin up and outplayed England in every department in the Nottingham test. This, not only speaks volumes about the mental strength the unit together acquire, but also defines their insatiable appetite for a positive result. England vs India 4th test is more or less a series decider, for every test this series has yielded a result. Who will win this fixture? Now play fantasy cricket on FanFight and win cash daily. Are you ready?
WHEN & WHERE
The 4th test will be played at the Rose Bowl, Southampton on the 30th of August. The kick-off time for the 4th test; 3:30 PM IST.
PREVIOUS FIXTURE AT THE ROSE BOWL
The last time and the only time these two teams met at the Rose Bowl, India suffered a 266-run defeat. James Anderson and Moeen Ali picked 5/53 & 6/67 respectively restricting India to 330 and 178.
For England, Chris Woakes sustained a thigh injury and will be left out of the starting eleven. Sam Curran has been announced as his replacement. Moeen Ali replaces the youngster Ollie Pope. Jonny Bairstow has been declared fit but he’ll be playing his part as a pure batsman. The gloves go to Jos Buttler and the marauding right-hander will bat at number 6.
Virat Kohli has captained India 38 times in test matches and not once has he retained the same eleven for consecutive games. However, after a splendid team performance at Trent Bridge, that freaky record is bound to be thrown out of the window. Youngsters, Hanuma Vihari and Prithvi Shaw have been added to the squad.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid, James Anderson
Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Rishab Pant(wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
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PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Virat Kohli is without a shadow of a doubt the very first name on the fantasy team list. He’s the best in the world for a reason and after a disastrous 2014 tour, the master batsman has already piled up 440 runs in 6 innings at 73.33
Another tricky but possibly a sharp pick would be KL Rahul. The classy right-hander looked in fine form in the previous test but couldn’t consolidate. Rahul scored a quick-fire 36 in the second innings at Trent Bridge and displayed why he’s a contender for the next big thing in Indian cricket. Despite his inconsistent form, KL Rahul priced at 8.2 credits wouldn’t be the worst pick.
England are 2-1 up in the series and this without their best batsmen being in the thick of things. Regardless of how bad his current form is, Joe Root is undoubtedly one of the best batters in the world. And, he’s only one inning away from getting back to his usual best. Root is a viable option and on his day can earn you a multitude of points.
He’s only 7 wickets away from reaching Kapil Dev’s 434. Stuart Broad has done it in the past and he’s a lethal weapon to have in your FanFight fantasy team. He’s looked unplayable in certain spells this series but also has deviated off the radar. Very unlike Broad. Nevertheless, the lanky bowler is one of the finest operators of the red cherry and he’ll be a player to watch out for. Does he make the cut in your team?
Virat Kohli is only 6 runs away from reaching the 6,000-run mark in test cricket. He’ll become the 10th Indian batsman to reach that landmark.
Ishant Sharma has been mighty impressive this series and the Delhi lad is only one wicket away from the 250-wicket milestone.
“I believe no fast bowler will ever go past him”. The great Glenn McGrath said these word about James Anderson. The English bowler needs only 7 scalps to overtake McGrath’s tally of 563 test wickets.
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