India tour of England 2018, Five Match Test Series Fourth Test Match, Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Indian seamer Mohammad Shami opined that India’s pace unit will target England wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow’s injured finger if he manages a place in the Playing XI of the fourth Test match in Southampton. Rumors making rounds that Bairstow might play in the fourth Test match just as a pure batsman leaving the keeping duties to Jos Buttler.
“When you see that a batsman has a weakness and he feels uncomfortable in some way, you would prefer to work on that aspect. It’s not just me, any fast bowler will want to target his weak zone, so we [Indian Pace Attack] will definitely look at that,” said Mohammad Shami.
Also, Shami spoke very high about India’s pace attack after a resounding win in the Trent Bridge Test match and he thinks this is the best pace attack India had in the recent past.
“The pace attack we have, we can bowl any delivery. It is good for us that we have so many options and we can evaluate which bowler is feeling better and we can pick options that this bowler should open the bowling or another bowler should do it. It depends on the fast bowling unit who wants to start,” said Shami of India’s pace battery.
Bairstow injured his left middle finger while keeping a delivery from James Anderson in the third Test match at Trent Bridge! He sat in the dressing room for quite a while during England’s fielding in the second innings while Jos Buttler was doing the keeping duties. Because of that, Bairstow also did not bat at his original position (no. 4) and had also registered a golden Duck when he came out to bat in the fourth innings of that Test match.
“The swelling has gone down. I’m going to try and keep wicket in training this afternoon [on Tuesday] as well. You obviously want to play, so If I’m not able to keep wickets then I would like to think I’ll be a specialist batsman. But at the same time I’m desperate to try and keep my place as the wicketkeeper,” he added.
“I’m very, very keen to keep my spot as the wicketkeeper because I would like to think it’s gone pretty well over the last 38, 39 Test matches that I’ve been keeping for England,” added Bairstow.
England won the first two Test matches of the series while India made a great comeback to win the third Test match at Trent Bridge. England are currently leading the five match series by a margin of 2-1. The fourth Test match of the series will be played at Rose Bowl (Ageas Bowl) in Southampton starting from Thursday (Aug 30).
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