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Bairstow to keep wicket against India at the Oval

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The former captain will bring down the curtain on a 12-year international career by playing his 161st Test and 159th in a row

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Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket for England in the fifth and final Test against India after recovering from a broken middle finger, the England and Wales Cricket Board said yesterday.

The 28-year-old, who sustained the injury in the Trent Bridge Test last month, played as a specialist batsman in England’s fourth Test victory at Southampton, with Jos Buttler standing in as his wicketkeeping replacement. After taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series, England have named an unchanged team for the match at The Oval, which begins today.

Alastair Cook, England’s all-time leading scorer, will play his final Test before he retires from international cricket.

The former captain will bring down the curtain on a 12-year international career by playing his 161st Test and 159th in a row.

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

Reuters