India Lose Bumrah for Fourth Test

Fast bowler released from squad

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Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah won't be in India's XI for the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad next week.

Bumrah played the first three of the four-match series. He will likely return for the fifth fixture.

“Bumrah made a request to BCCI to be released from India’s squad ahead of the fourth Test owing to personal reasons,” read a statement from Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jay Shah.

“Accordingly, the fast bowler has been released and he will not be available for selection for the fourth Test. There will be no addition to India’s squad for the final Test.”

Fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj are in the squad. Either could replace Bumrah in the XI.

England Might Recall Bess

All-rounder Chris Woakes, meanwhile, has been released from the England squad. Coach Chris Silverwood is contemplating a recall for spinner Dom Bess. He was not selected for the recent day-night Test in Ahmedabad.

Dom is in contention. He was left out of this one because of the potential movement we could have got out of the pink ball. In training, we thought how do we make best use of this pink ball and who we have available,” said Silverwood.

“We've got two bowlers in the top 10, Stuart Broad and James Anderson, and if they can move the ball around, they're a handful. So from Bess' point of view I wouldn't read too much into that. He's played an important part in helping us win games in the past and I'm sure he will do again in the future.

“He's been great around the group. We've got a good group here who do get around each other and help each other out, keep each other going. You have to do that in bubble life, which is what we're living in at the moment. We're lucky we've got that sort of environment.”

India have a 2-1 series lead. The hosts won the third Test on the back of spinner Axar Patel's 11 wickets. He was named player of the match. The fixture also yielded spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's 400th wicket in Test cricket.

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