England appoint Moeen Ali as vice-captain of the 4th test against India. | Photo credit: AP
The England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) confirmed on Wednesday that all-rounder Moeen Ali will be the vice-captain in the forthcoming fourth test against India, which starts at the Oval on Thursday.
“Moeen Ali has been appointed our vice-captain for the fourth test against India. Congratulations, Mo,” England Cricket tweeted.
Joe Root has already racked up over 500 runs in the series and if he continues to rack up runs India would definitely be left behind. Good signs for England were that forerunners Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns also had over 50 scores in Headingley’s test.
England would be without Jos Buttler in the fourth test and Jonny Bairstow would don the wicket goalkeeper gloves. James Anderson is already going back in time to flaunt vintage bowling style and it’s safe to say that the next game in the Five Test series is on the edge of a knife.
With the five-game test run between India and England perfectly balanced at 1-1, the focus is on whether ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will finally have a chance in the game’s XI or no.
The fourth test will be played at the Oval, and traditionally the ground has offered some help to the spinners, so if management wants to unleash the off-wire this would be the perfect opportunity.
England team for the fourth test: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson , Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.