Date: 2-6 September
Time: 3:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Kennington Oval, London
Following the innings and 76 runs defeat against England in the third Test, Team India will be under the pump to bounce back hard in the series. The visiting side lost 8 wickets in the opening session on day 4 as England leveled the 5 match-series 1-1 with 2 matches to go. Kennington Oval stadium in London will host the fourth Test, starting from September 02, Thursday. India has played 13 matches here and has won just one game. It has lost five times while seven games have been draws. The last time India played here was in 2018, when it lost the match by 118 runs.
Head to Head:
England won: 49
India won: 30
There is very little chance of rain on the first three days of the Test. However, there is a 40-50% chance of rain on Day 4 of the Test match. Meanwhile, there is 20% chance of rain on Day 5. Moreover, the weather is expected to be overcast throughout the 4th Test.
England head coach Chris Silverwood has named a 15-player squad for the fourth Test match against India. Jos Buttler will miss the Test due to the expected arrival of his second child. Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow is likely to take the gloves for fourth Test, even though Sam Billings has also been called up as wicket-keeping cover. Given that Buttler provides the much-needed depth to the English middle order, Ollie Pope or Dan Lawrence could be brought into the playing eleven in Buttler's place.
India captain Virat Kohli hinted after the 3rd Test that there could be changes made to the playing XI for the 4th Test at The Oval. All-rounder Shardul Thakur has regained fitness and is likely to play ahead of Ishant Sharma. Meanwhile, veteran spinner R Ashwin could replace Ravindra Jadeja, who suffered a knee injury while fielding during England's second innings.
Players to watch out for:
Joe Root surpassed Michael Vaughan to become the most successful England Test captain after Headingley win. After the loss in the second Test where Root faced criticism for his questionable field placement to India's lower order batters Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, Root marshalled his resources brilliantly in the third Test to level the series. The England skipper is in the form of his life and has delivered consistent batting performances in this series.
There have been question marks over the forms of India’s middle-order during India’s tour of England. Despite Kohli scoring 55 runs in the second innings, the manner of his dismissal disappointed Indian fans as he poked at a delivery around the off-stump. It’s been more than 50 innings since his last international Test ton came and Kohli needs a big knock to get his mojo back.
Probable Playing XI:
England: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), D Lawrence/O Pope, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran/ Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma/Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj