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8.57pm: Virat Kohli set to play an unchanged playing XI for the first time as India Test skipper

India skipper Virat Kohli has announced that spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is fit to play in the fourth Test against England which gets underway at Southampton on Thursday.

The off-spinner had suffered a groin injury in the third Test in Nottingham and there were doubts over his availability for the penultimate Test after he did not bowl in the team’s training session on Monday.

Speaking on the eve of the match, Kohli stated that India are likely to field the same playing XI that beat England by 203 runs in the third Test at Trent Bridge.

For the full story click HERE.

Kohli see no reason to change India's playing XI from Trent Bridge.

Kohli see no reason to change India’s playing XI from Trent Bridge.

7.29pm: Manish Pandey clubs Australia A again as India B win quadrangular series by nine wickets

India B have beaten Australia A by nine wickets in the one-day quadrangular series final at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The match winner for India was in-form captain Manish Pandey who blasted 73 not out, following on his unbeaten century against the same opponent just a few days previous.

For more on India B’s stunning victory click HERE.

Manish Pandey knocked up 190 without losing his wicket in the two matches against Australia A

Manish Pandey knocked up 190 without losing his wicket in the two matches against Australia A

4:30pm – Jos Buttler to keep wickets for England in fourth Test

Jos Buttler will keep wicket for England in the fourth Specsavers Test against India, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

Jonny Bairstow will play as a specialist batsman, while Moeen Ali and Sam Curran replace Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Jos Buttler will keep wickets for England at Southampton.

Jos Buttler will keep wickets for England at Southampton.

4:15pm – Fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar back among the wickets

India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar completed his return from an injury lay-off with a three-wicket haul against South Africa ‘A’ team on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old has had to undergo a lengthy spell on the sidelines after aggravating a lower-back injury during the third ODI between England and India in July.

Read more on Bhuvneshwar’s performance for India ‘A’ in their third place playoff match in the quadrangular series here.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 3-33 in India A's 124 run win.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 3-33 in India A’s 124 run win.

4:00pm – James Anderson on verge of historical feat

There are plenty of stats that will come into play when England and India lock horns in the fourth Test of the five-match series at Southampton.

The biggest among them is England pacer James Anderson nearing Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 Test wickets. With 557 scalps to his name currently, Anderson could become the all-time leading wicket-taking pacer in history with seven more wickets.

Read more on that stat and many more here.

Seemingly as good as ever: James Anderson.

Seemingly as good as ever: James Anderson.

4:00pm – The key battles between England and India

The enthralling Test series between England and India has left us spectators on the edge of our seats throughout.

And the contest is finely poised heading into this week’s fourth match at Southampton, following the tourists’ Trent Bridge fightback to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

Sport360’s Stuart Appleby has taken a look at the key battles which could decide the fourth Test. You can check out his analysis here.

All-rounders can make defining impact in Southampton.

All-rounders can make defining impact in Southampton.

3:00pm – Pressure growing on Joe Root’s shoulders

The fourth England v India Test is set to get underway at Southampton on Thursday with the hosts currently leading the five-match series 2-1. One of the talking points heading into the Ageas Bowl showdown is the form of England skipper Joe Root who has struggled for runs ever since his knock of 81 in the first innings of the opening Test.

Read more on that and other talking points ahead of the clash here.

Joe Root is under pressure to stem his slide in form.

Joe Root is under pressure to stem his slide in form.

1:00pm – Virat Kohli not keen to experiment with the ‘Hundred’ format

India skipper Virat Kohli has raised concerns that commercial aspects are hurting the true quality of the game. The 29-year-old batsman is one of the busiest cricketers in the world leading India in all three formats along with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

With the ECB set to launch a new format in the form of the ‘Hundred’, Kohli had made his thoughts on the concept clear.

Read what the India star had to say about the latest format here.

Virat Kohli does not want to be a part of the 100-ball format.

Virat Kohli does not want to be a part of the 100-ball format.

12:00pm – Ravi Ashwin resumes bowling in the nets for India

India received a boost ahead of the fourth Test against England at Southampton with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin having a bowl in the nets on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old’s fitness has been a concern ever since he sustained a groin injury in the third Test at Southampton.

Read more on this story here.

Ashwin resumed bowling in the nets on Tuesday.

Ashwin resumed bowling in the nets on Tuesday.

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Wahab Riaz determined to represent Pakistan in 2019 World Cup in England

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Wahab Riaz has not given up hopes on representing Pakistan again.

Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz has not featured for the ODI side since 2017 but the pacer remains determined to force his way back into contention for the 2019 World Cup to be held in England.

The 33-year-old last appeared for the men in green in a Test against Sri Lanka in October last year but has not been picked in any format ever since.

“It’s never easy to try and find a permanent place in a strong team like Pakistan which is doing so well at the moment,” Wahab said in an interview with Pak Passion.

“This is especially true when you are talking about Pakistan’s very effective bowling line-up but I know that I made my debut for Pakistan when our bowling was very strong and it happened due to my hard work. I was able to convince the selection committee then and I believe I can do it again.

“At the moment, being selected for the 2019 World Cup for Pakistan and performing well is my main, and only, priority at this time. There is also the 2020 World T20 on the horizon but I am firmly focused on playing in the 2019 World Cup at the moment.”

The pacer has not featured for his country since October, 2017.

The pacer has not featured for his country since October, 2017.

The left-armed pacer has played 26 Tests, 79 ODIs and 27 T20s for Pakistan ever since he made his debut in 2008. However, his long term future with Pakistan remains bleak, especially after coach Mickey Arthur’s comments on him after the pacer was not picked in the 25-man probables for the tour of England and Ireland earlier this summer.

“He (Wahab) has not won us a game in two years. I expect players that have been around for a long time to be winning us games and setting standards,” Arthur had told ESPNCricinfo then.

Wahab though, has not given up hopes on pulling on the Pakistan jersey once again.

“It is my only desire as a professional cricketer and as a Pakistani to continue playing for my country,” he said.

“Playing for your country gives one great satisfaction. Moreover, being selected to play for a strong team like Pakistan means that you have to be one of the best fast-bowlers in the world, so it’s a matter of honour and pride to see your name on the Pakistan team list and something I will never give up on.

“I am 33 but my fitness and ambition has never been stronger. I used to think that the fascination of playing for Pakistan would fade with time. But, if anything, my passion to represent Pakistan has only grown and become stronger than ever before.”

Having not been picked in the Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming Asia Cup, the pacer is currently representing the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

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Jos Buttler to take the gloves for England in fourth Test against India

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Jos Buttler will keep wickets for England at Southampton.

Jos Buttler will keep wicket for England in the fourth Specsavers Test against India, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

Jonny Bairstow will play as a specialist batsman, while Moeen Ali and Sam Curran replace Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes.

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