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India vs England: Jonny Bairstow wants to resume wicketkeeper role in Southampton Test

Bairstow fractured a bone in the middle finger of his left-hand midway through the third Test in Nottingham, which India won to reduce the deficit in the five-match series to 2-1.

Reported by: AP , Southampton [ Published on: August 28, 2018 20:45 IST ]
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Jonny Bairstow leaves the field after suffering a finger injury

Jonny Bairstow says he is ready to resume his role as wicketkeeper for England in the fourth Test against India, barely a week after breaking his finger.

Bairstow fractured a bone in the middle finger of his left-hand midway through the third Test in Nottingham, which India won to reduce the deficit in the five-match series to 2-1.

He took the gloves for training on Tuesday, having earlier said the swelling had gone down on his finger.

Bairstow says "if I'm not able to keep wicket then I would like to think I'll be a specialist batsman, but at the same time I'm desperate to try and keep my place as the keeper."

Jos Buttler would take over as wicketkeeper if Bairstow doesn't play or is only picked as a batsman.

All-rounder Chris Woakes missed training on Tuesday because of pain in his right thigh.

The fourth Test starts on Thursday.

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