Southampton - England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat against India in the fourth Test at Southampton on Thursday.
had confirmed England's team on Wednesday, with the hosts looking to
bounce back from a 203-run defeat in the third Test at Trent Bridge that
still left them 2-1 up in this five-match series.
all-rounder Moeen Ali and left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran replaced
top-order batsman Ollie Pope and pace-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes,
out with a thigh problem.
Ali was recalled in part because England
have concerns that all-rounder Ben Stokes may not be able to bowl a
full quota of overs because of a knee injury.
Buttler kept wicket instead of Jonny Bairstow after deputising when the
Yorkshireman broke a finger behind the stumps during the third Test.
however, remained in the side as a specialist number four in a reshaped
top-order where several batsmen were in unfamiliar positions.
look good, it looks a good pitch and hopefully we can take advantage of
what looks like a good surface," said Root at the toss.
"Chris Woakes is unfit so Sam Curran comes in and because Ben has an injury Mooen comes in for the balance of the side."
paceman James Anderson needs just six more wickets to equal retired
Australia star Glenn McGrath's mark of 563 - the most taken by any fast
bowler in Test history.
India were unchanged for the first time
in Virat Kohli's captaincy after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was
passed fit following a groin problem.
would have batted first as well - it looks hard and it's probably the
best pitch of the series," said star batsman Kohli, fresh from making
200 runs, including a century, at Trent Bridge, having performed the
same feat in the series opener at Edgbaston.
"We have an unchanged
side. It's not always been the case, but it's the first time in a long
that time that we're going with the XI.
"We had all bases covered so we don't need to change. Ashwin is fit and ready to go.
"They key now is to work even harder than Nottingham and put in another performance again."
England have not lost two back-to-back home Tests since going down to successive defeats against South Africa in 2008.
India are bidding to become just the second team in history to win a five-match Test series from 2-0 down.
Australia side inspired by batting great Don Bradman remain the only
team to have achieved that feat, against England in 1936/37.
will be the last Test match staged at Southampton's Ageas Bowl, the
headquarters of south coast county Hampshire, until at least 2025, with
all of England's home Tests for the next six years allocated to the six
'traditional' venues of Lord's, The Oval, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, Old
Trafford and Headingley.
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wkt), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)