Team india captain Virat Kohli is known for making at least one change when test series is on. As a captain he has played 38 test matches and in each of the match he has made changes in the playing XI. 4th test to begin from Thursday and for the first time Kohli is likely to play same XI which played in the 3rd test. And the reason being India won that game due to a collective effort from the team and that’s why India may opt to stick with the winning unit.
Going by the pattern of the India's first training session in Southampton, three days ago, unchanged squad seems most likely. The batting session was in the order as it was during 3rd test. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul entered the nets first, followed by Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli. Ajinkya Rahane was then paired with Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya padded up next. R Ashwin, the other all-rounder, who struggled with a hip injury through most of the Nottingham Test, also batted, though he did not bowl.
India was to start their training from Tuesday, but the think tank added another day of preparation. All 18 players, including new additions Hanuma Vihari and Prithvi Shaw, reported for the training, which lasted for close to three hours.
The overhead conditions and a hard and lively pitch put a spring in the step of the fast-bowling group as they forced edges repeatedly. But it didn't cause most of the batsmen to frown, since they were playing with soft hands. Head coach Ravi Shastri gave tips to the young trio of Pant, Vihari and Shaw. He was seen offering them guidance on their stance, the distance between their feet, and their trigger movements.
Kohli and Shastri would like the other batsmen to take forward the good work they did in the third Test and make it big at the Ageas Bowl which has been among the higher-scoring venues in English first-class cricket this season. The average runs-per-wicket figure at the Ageas Bowl this season is 34.10, the highest among all Test venues in England. The seamers have done the bulk of the bowling, taking 122 wickets at an average of 30.97 in half-a-dozen matches, while the spinners have taken 23 wickets at 33.86.
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