India vs England: James Vince Returns As England Name Squad For Fourth Test Against India
England lead the five-Test series 2-1, with two matches to go.
James Vince has been added to the squad as cover for Jonny Bairstow
The Hampshire captain averages 56 in Division One this summer
Bairstow fractured a finger during England's defeat at Trent Bridge
The England national cricket selectors have named a 14-man squad for the fourth Test against India at Ageas Bowl, Hampshire, starting on August 30. Batsman James Vince, who last played for England in Christchurch in April against New Zealand, has been added to the squad as cover for Jonny Bairstow. The wicket-keeper batsman fractured a finger during England's defeat in the third Test at Trent Bridge. The 27-year-old right-hander has been in excellent form in the County Championship. The Hampshire captain averages 56 in Division One this summer and made scores of 74 and 147 for his county in their win against Nottinghamshire at the Ageas Bowl this week.
"The selection panel felt this was the right time to reintroduce James Vince to the Test squad. James will provide cover in case Jonny Bairstow's fractured finger prevents him playing in the fourth Test match," national selector Ed Smith said.
"James returns to the England set-up in confident form and scoring runs. He has been in excellent form for Hampshire in the Specsavers County Championship, with 847 runs at 56.46, including 74 and 147 this week - runs that shaped Hampshire's win against Nottinghamshire. James' match-winning runs also helped Hampshire to win the Royal London One-Day Cup earlier this summer.
"Jamie Porter has been part of the last three Test squads. But the selection panel did not want him to miss the opportunity of playing for Essex in the next round of championship matches. He will return to the squad in the event of an injury to a seam bowler."
England, who won by 31 runs in Edgbaston, by an innings and 159 at Lord's before suffering a huge 203-run defeat at Trent Bridge, are leading the five-match series 2-1.
England Test squad
Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes.