London/Bhubaneswar: England won the toss and chose to bowl first in the fourth Test against India at The Oval on Thursday.
“Feels like a nice morning for bowling, make inroads like at Headingley,” said England captain Joe Root.
“England has four left-handers, so a good match-up for (Ravindra) Jadeja, with our seamers bowling over the wicket,” said India skipper Virat Kohli who yet again omitted Ravichandran Ashwin from the starting lineup. “The opening partnership has been amazing for us, it’s about getting together as batsmen. A few days left on this tour, the series is poised beautifully, and no shortage of effort, for sure,” Kohli added.
England 1 Rory Burns, 2 Haseeb Hameed, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Ollie Pope, 6 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Craig Overton, 10 Ollie Robinson, 11 James Anderson
India 1 KL Rahul, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Mohammed Siraj