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James Vince released from England squad ahead of fourth Test against India at the Ageas Bowl 

James Vince released from England squad ahead of fourth Test against India at the Ageas Bowl

  • England allowed James Vince to leave squad before fourth Test against India 
  • The batsman will join Hampshire for county championship match against Essex
  • Jonny Bairstow expected to play as batsman, with debate over who takes gloves
  • The fourth Test begins at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Thursday morning 

England have released James Vince from their squad for the fourth Specsavers Test against India, Press Association Sport understands.

Vince, who was named in a 14-man squad as batting cover on his home ground for Jonny Bairstow, left England training in Southampton shortly before midday on Wednesday.

He is therefore expected to join Hampshire for their rain-delayed county championship fixture against Essex at Chelmsford.  

James Vince will leave the England squad having been called up to the initial 14-man squad

Jonny Bairstow is likely to appear as a specialist batsman but may yet retain the gloves

Jonny Bairstow is likely to appear as a specialist batsman but may yet retain the gloves

Should Jonny Bairstow not be picked as wicketkeeper, Jos Buttler will fulfil the position again

Should Jonny Bairstow not be picked as wicketkeeper, Jos Buttler will fulfil the position again

 Bairstow again tested his broken finger in the Ageas Bowl nets as he looks to prove he can play his usual dual role.

It is anticipated the Yorkshireman will be cleared to play here as a specialist batsman, as England seek to wrap up the series with an unassailable 3-1 lead.

However, the likelihood is the hosts will not risk aggravating Chris Woakes’ sore right thigh.

Bairstow appears to have been at loggerheads with the England coaching team and selectors over whether he should retain his spot as wicketkeeper.

Jos Buttler assumed responsibility in the third Test when Bairstow left the field with his injury, but the Yorkshireman is desperate to reclaim the gloves for the fourth Test. 

The squad gather to chat with coaches before beginning their final session before the Test

The squad gather to chat with coaches before beginning their final session before the Test

Buttler gets in practice with the wicketkeeper gloves should he be called upon again

Buttler gets in practice with the wicketkeeper gloves should he be called upon again

With Chris Woakes likely to miss the Test through injury, Sam Curran will be hoping for a recall

With Chris Woakes likely to miss the Test through injury, Sam Curran will be hoping for a recall

Senior squad members Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad turn up for the session in Southampton

Senior squad members Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad turn up for the session in Southampton

 

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