IND vs ENG 4th Test – England Playing XI: The 4th test between India vs England starts Thursday. With 5 match test series poised at 1-1, result in 4th test can decide the series. England captain Joe Root has declared that all-rounder Chris Woakes is ready to make a comeback in England playing XI. Also the big question is whether England will rest James Anderson or in-form Ollie Robinson? Follow Ind vs ENG series LIVE Updates on InsideSport.co
England Playing XI: England all-rounder Chris Woakes all set to be included in XI, Jos Butler out from IND vs ENG 4th test
IND vs ENG 4th Test – England Playing XI: Woakes has not played a Test for a year because of setbacks including being forced into isolation in Sri Lanka after sharing a taxi with Covid-positive Moeen Ali and injuries culminating with a bruised heel caused by slipping down stairs at home.
According to reports in UK media, Woakes is now set comeback and is likely to replace Sam Curran in the squad.
‘It’s been an absolute nightmare for him,’ said England captain Joe Root of Woakes. ‘Whether it’s being a close Covid contact or getting a freak injury coming down the stairs, he hasn’t been able to play a huge amount of cricket.
‘But when he has played he’s been as good as ever and to have him around again has been great. It can only put us in a really strong position going into this game and the back end of the series.’
IND vs ENG 4th Test – Will England rest James Anderson from Playing XI?
England also face the dilemma of whether to rest the evergreen Jimmy Anderson or in-form Ollie Robinson.
It’s really important we see where everyone is at,’ said Root. ‘It’s such a tricky balancing act. We’ve had to deal with so many injuries and trying to manage workloads alongside performance is difficult.’
England will also decide whether Ollie Pope or Dan Lawrence — who on Tuesday made 34 for Essex in their County Championship match against Glamorgan — fills the batting place vacated by Jos Buttler, who is on paternity leave. Jonny Bairstow will take back the gloves.