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India vs England 4th Test at Southampton: FPJ’s dream XI prediction for India and England

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After producing a fine performance in the 3rd Test, Virat Kohli-led Indian team will look to draw parity when they will square off with England side for the fourth Test at Rose Bowl. Team India bounced back in the series right on time and the side is being backed to become only the second side to win the series from 2-0 down, something which has been done just once by Don Bradman against England during 1936-37 Ashes series. India have yet to field the same side for two consecutive Tests under Kohli’s captaincy and with their batsmen regaining their old form, there is little chance of tinkering with the playing XI. However, Ashwin’s fitness continues to be a concern for India. Here we see the probable dream XI for Indian side:

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma

On the other hand, England, despite all the concerns, have the most important lead with two more games to play. If their star players could stand up, it could give them a good chance to put pressure back on visitors. The big relief for the England side is that Jonny Bairstow will be available for selection. The wicket-keeper batsman broke a finger during the third Test. Here is the probable dream XI for English side:


England: Joe Root, Alastair Cook, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Keaton Jennings, James Vince, Sam Curran