Ollie Robinson set to play fourth Test against India

England is expected to go with Ollie Robinson and dropped either James Anderson or Mark Wood for the fourth Test against India in Ranchi later this week.

Mathew K
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Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson

Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson (Image Credit: Twitter)

India is leading the ongoing five-match Test series against England by 2-1. After losing the first Test late last month, the Asian side made a comeback in Vizag and leveled the series 1-1. Last week, the two-time World Test Championship finalists won by 434 runs, their biggest win in the longest format of the game. While the home team's bowling has done well, the Three Lions have struggled a bit.

Apart from James Anderson and Mark Wood, they don't have experienced bowlers with Stuart Broad retiring after the Ashes 2023. Talking about their spinners, three out of two have made their debuts in this series. One of them, Rehan Ahmed hasn't played much. Their inexperience at this level is such that Joe Root has to bowl a few overs. Meanwhile, ahead of the fourth Test later this week, Ollie Robinson has been included in the team.

It will be interesting to see which one out of James Anderson and Mark Wood will be rested for the game

England’s squad for fourth Test vs IND:

Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (C), Ben Foakes (wk), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Shoaib Bashir, Ollie Robinson, Dan Lawrence, Gus Atkinson.

Ollie Robinson played for England Lions against India A

During the England Lions tour of India, the right-arm pacer played for the junior England team in three unofficial three Tests against India A. He has an idea about how the wickets are playing in India. 

Speaking ahead of the fourth Test, England vice-captain Ollie Pope also spoke of their playing XI. However, he said that the final decision will be taken after Team India sees the wicket, he said at the moment “There’s a lot of cracks.”

“It’s very platey, and they’ve just wetted it as well, which generally dries. It doesn’t necessarily look like a belting wicket at the moment. It kind of looks like one half is good, and then there are a lot of platey cracks. That’s how we see it at the minute. I think we will see what happens tomorrow after the Indian team has looked at the wicket, then make a decision from there,” Ollie Pope said. 

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