Jonny Bairstow to keep wicket as England name unchanged XI for Oval Test

first_imgJoe Root announced that England will go ahead with the same playing XI for the fifth and final Test, that won the fourth Test at Southampton against India.Root also confirmed that Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket as he has recovered from his broken middle finger injury.Bairstow sustained the injury in the Trent Bridge Test last month and played as a specialist batsman at The Rose Bowl. Jos Buttler kept wickets in palce of Bairstow.”We are very fortunate to be in a position where we have two quality keepers,” England captain Joe Root told a news conference.”More than anything, they both want us to win games of cricket. There have been no issues or problems in that department.”TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR FIFTH TEST Cricket (@englandcricket) September 6, 2018He also said that all-rounder Moeen Ali will continue to bat at No.3 ahead of Joe Root in the final Test of the series as well.Alastair Cook, England’s all-time leading scorer on the other hand, will play his final test before he retires from international cricket.The former captain will bring down the curtain on a 12-year international career by playing his 161st Test and 159th in a row.England XI: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Andersonlast_img

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