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England have called up batsman James Vince as a potential replacement for wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow for the fourth Test against India in Southampton.
Vince was drafted into the Test squad after Bairstow sustained a fractured left middle finger during the third Test in Nottingham.
The incident occurred in the 44th over of India’s innings when Cheteshwar Pujara left a delivery from pace bowler James Anderson, which provided to swerve and hit Bairstow on the hand.
Bairstow immediately fell to the ground and looked to be in agony as he clutched his left hand.
Vince has had numerous opportunities to cement his spot in the Test side, but has failed to grasp each one of them. In the 13 Tests he has played to date, Vince has scored 548 runs, which includes three half-centuries, at an average of 24.90.
However, the 27-year-old was in excellent form during Hampshire’s County Championship match against Nottinghamshire last week as he made scores of 74 and 147.
But, Vince is unlikely to be included in the playing XI for the fourth Test if Bairstow is fit to play as a specialist batsman. Should that occur, Jos Buttler will take over as wicketkeeper.
“The selection panel felt this was the right time to reintroduce James Vince to the Test squad,” Ed Smith, England’s national selector, was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “James will provide cover in case Jonny Bairstow’s fractured finger prevents him playing in the fourth Test match.
“James returns to the England set-up in confident form and scoring runs. He has been in excellent form for Hampshire in the Specsavers County Championship, with 847 runs at 56.46, including 74 and 147 this week – runs that shaped Hampshire’s win against Nottinghamshire. James’ match-winning runs also helped Hampshire to win the Royal London Cup earlier this summer.”
Meanwhile, Jamie Porter has been released from the Test squad in order to feature for Essex in the County Championship.
“Jamie Porter has been part of the last three Test squads. But the selection panel did not want him to miss the opportunity of playing for Essex in the next round of Championship matches,” Smith said. “He will return to the squad in the event of an injury to a seam bowler.”
England hold a 2-1 lead going into the fourth Test, which begins on Thursday.
England’s Test Squad: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes