India dominate England in morning session of Southampton Test

Elena Summers
August 30, 2018

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

India had named an unchanged team while for England, batsman Ollie Pope was left out and seamer Chris Woakes was missing with a thigh injury.

Buttler took over from Bairstow after the Yorkshireman injured his left middle finger, taking a delivery from James Anderson during England's heavy defeat at Trent Bridge.

Keep up with all the action here as Sportsmail bring you over-by-over coverage from Southampton, with every run, wicket and talking point. Ahead of the fourth test match, Virat Kohli addressed the press and hinted that about no changing being made in the playing XI of the team.

While the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is starting a new 100-ball format, which has drawn flak from all quarters, the Indian skipper announced that he won't be a part of "one more format".

Sam Curran salvaged England after their top order failed again on the first day of the fourth Test against India in Southampton. The weather throughout the five days is expected to be good.

"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.


At Number 5, Ajinkya Rahane has played only one knock of note and Jonny Bairstow for England has offered a little more. The hosts had dominated India in the first two Tests (31-run win at Edgbaston, innings and 159 runs at Lord's).

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.

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

Anderson has an England-record 557 wickets in Tests and is now just six shy of retired Australia great Glenn McGrath´s tally of 563 - the most taken by any paceman at this level.

Captain Kohli continued his blistering run in the ongoing series by scoring a second-innings ton.

India then must surely sense blood in the water and for the first time in the Kohli era look as if they might select the same team in consecutive Tests.

At Trent Bridge, all the batsmen scored runs.

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