India to target Bairstow's broken finger in 4th Test

2018-08-28 18:43
Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow (Getty Images)

London - India's pace attack will target Jonny Bairstow should he defy a broken finger to bat in the fourth Test, according to seamer Mohammed Shami.

Wicket-keeper Bairstow injured the middle finger on his left hand fielding a James Anderson delivery during England's Third Test defeat at Trent Bridge last week as India reduced the home side's lead in the series to 2-1.

"When you see that a batsman has a weakness and he feels uncomfortable in some way, you'd prefer to work on that aspect," said Shami.

"It's not just me - any fast bowler will want to target his weak zone - so we will definitely look at that."

However, Bairstow remains keen not only to potentially play as a specialist batsman, but also keep hold of the gloves instead of handing over responsibility behind the stumps to Jos Buttler.

"The swelling has gone down," he said on Tuesday. "I'm going to try and keep wicket in training this afternoon as well."

England have a ready-made replacement in Buttler, who took over from Bairstow after the Yorkshireman was injured in the 203-run defeat in Nottingham.

"You obviously want to play, so If I'm not able to keep wicket then I would like to think I'll be a specialist batsman," added Bairstow.

"But at the same time I'm desperate to try and keep my place as the wicket-keeper.

"I'm very, very keen to keep my spot as the wicket-keeper - because I would like to think it's gone pretty well over the last 38/39 Test matches that I've been keeping for England."

The fourth Test of the five-match series begins on Thursday.

Read more on:    india  |  england  |  jonny bairstow  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Who will win the upcoming India v Proteas three-match ODI series?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.