England recall Ali and Curran as Buttler keeps in fourth Test

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The pair replaced top-order batsman Ollie Pope and all-rounder Chris Woakes, ruled out with a thigh problem.

SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom: England recalled Moeen Ali and Sam Curran for the fourth Test against India at Southampton, skipper Joe Root announced Wednesday.

Virat Kohli's Team India takes on Joe Root's England in the fourth Test in Southampton from Thursday.

But Bairstow has been passed fit to play as a specialist batsman.

Batsman James Vince was called up to the England squad as cover for Bairstow, but there are growing calls for his inclusion into the playing eleven nevertheless.

Bairstow said: "The swelling has gone down. He´s in fine form, he´s had a fantastic 12 months home and away". For England their dream start to the series has swiftly turned sour, the cracks that appeared in their opening two wins can no longer simply be covered up by lower order runs and good bowling performances, at some point somebody in their top order is actually going to have to be able to bat.

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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", said Root.

Having played at nearly every delivery India's seamers had sent down at Trent Bridge, Jennings looked to leave better but perished fourth ball when he offered no shot to an exceptional delivery from Bumrah that swung back in wickedly from leg stump to rap the England opener on the back leg in front of middle. It was Moeen Ali who snapped six wickets and James Anderson got a fifer. A defeat in the match would give England a 3-1 series win with a game to spare while a win for the visitors would put the teams level 2-2.

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

James Anderson is on the verge of becoming the most successful pace bowler in the history of Test cricket. They extended their lead to 2-0 by winning the second game of the series by an innings and 159 runs.

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.

"Seeing the way things are right now, we don´t feel we need to change anything", said Kohli, who scored exactly 200 runs, including a century, at Trent Bridge, having achieved the same feat at Edgbaston.

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