England vs India LIVE – fourth Test, day four: Follow all the action from the Ageas Bowl as Joe Root’s side look to build on 233-run lead
- England will begin day four of the fourth Test on 260 for eight, with a lead of 233
- All-rounder Sam Curran is unbeaten on 37 after Jos Buttler made 69 on Saturday
- Joe Root’s side will look to build an unassailable lead at the Ageas Bowl
- Follow all the day-four action as it happens with Sportsmail’s JAMES DUTTON
England will begin the fourth day of the fourth Test on 260 for eight, with Jos Buttler confident the home side have put themselves in position to clinch series victory over India at Southampton.
Buttler’s battling half-century helped the hosts muster a second-innings 260 for eight, to leave India facing a target of at least 234 to level up at 2-2 over the last two days.
England’s wicketkeeper also put up a staunch defence of captain Joe Root’s unexpected decision to drop back down to number four here, with Moeen Ali pushed up to little avail above him.
Before the vice-captain was required to speak on that topic, however, he made it clear England fancy their chances of taking an unassailable 3-1 lead on a pitch which has begun to favour spin early.
Asked if England can limit India to under 250, Buttler said: ‘Yes, definitely.
‘You’ve seen the wear and tear in the wicket – even in the first innings as well, there was quite a bit of rough outside the right-hander’s off-stump.
‘That’s promising for Moeen and Adil (Rashid) – and with the seamers, we’ve seen a bit of variable bounce.’
As for Root’s surprise switch back down one position, for the first time this summer, Buttler added: ‘It was just a pure tactical decision – Moeen has been in such fantastic form for the last couple of weeks, and bats at number three for Worcestershire.’
Follow the action as it happens with Sportsmail’s JAMES DUTTON, with LAWRENCE BOOTH and PAUL NEWMAN providing live updates and session reports from the Ageas Bowl.
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