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England wins toss, bats first vs India in 4th test

England wins toss, bats first vs India in 4th test

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) – England has won the toss and chosen to bat first against India in the fourth test in Southampton as the host looks for a victory to clinch the series.

The Indians were unchanged from the third test, which they won by 203 runs in Nottingham last week to reduce their deficit in the five-match series to 2-1.

England recalled allrounder Moeen Ali for batsman Ollie Pope, and left-arm seamer Sam Curran came in for injured allrounder Chris Woakes. Jonny Bairstow, who broke a finger during the third test, plays as a specialist batsman rather than a wicketkeeper, with Jos Buttler taking the gloves.

England’s Jimmy Anderson, right and Ben Stokes, left warm up on the pitch prior to the start of play on the first day of the 4th cricket test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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Lineups:

England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Stuart Broad.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

India's Virat Kohli walks from the pitch prior to the start of play on the first day of the 4th cricket test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

India’s Virat Kohli walks from the pitch prior to the start of play on the first day of the 4th cricket test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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