Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket for England in the fifth and final test against India after recovering from a broken middle finger, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Thursday.The 28-year-old, who sustained the injury in the Trent Bridge test last month, played as a specialist batsman in England’s fourth test victory at Southampton, with Jos Buttler standing in as his wicketkeeping replacement.
After taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series, England have named an unchanged team for the match at The Oval, which begins on Friday.
“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.”
All-rounder Moeen Ali will continue to bat at number three, where he was promoted ahead of Root in the fourth test.
Alastair Cook, England’s all-time leading scorer, 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 (capt), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson.
First Published: September 6, 2018, 7:27 PM IST