Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes expected to be fit for England in Fourth Test against India

JONNY BAIRSTOW is winning his race to be fit for the Fourth Test against India on Thursday.

And all-rounder Ben Stokes is also expected to play after aggravating soreness to his left knee playing for Durham in the T20 Blast against Sussex on Friday.

 Jonny Bairstow is expected to play in the Fourth Test between England and India at the Ageas Bowl

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Jonny Bairstow is expected to play in the Fourth Test between England and India at the Ageas Bowl
 Ben Stokes is likely to play as England look to complete the series win, but may not bowl much

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Ben Stokes is likely to play as England look to complete the series win, but may not bowl much

India’s KL Rahul takes catch off England’s cricket captain Joe Root and then gives the Dele Alli

Stokes, 27, was not allowed to bowl in that match and it is likely he might have to reduce his bowling workload in the Test.

Yorkshire star Bairstow, 28, fractured his right, middle finger as England lost at Trent Bridge last week.

He could not keep wicket for the rest of the match and was then out first ball in the second innings.

Bairstow and Stokes will be assessed further when the team meets up tomorrow.

 Bairstow is recovering from a fractured finger and is expected to hand over the gloves to Jos Buttler

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Bairstow is recovering from a fractured finger and is expected to hand over the gloves to Jos Buttler
 Stokes aggravated a sore knee playing for Durham in the T20 Blast against Sussex on Friday

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Stokes aggravated a sore knee playing for Durham in the T20 Blast against Sussex on Friday

But Bairstow expects to be fit to bat at the Ageas Bowl — although he and England’s selectors have all but given up any idea of him keeping wicket.

So, Jos Buttler will take the gloves with Bairstow pencilled-in to play as a specialist batsman at No 4.

Stokes was recalled for Trent Bridge after being cleared of affray in his trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Even if he cannot bowl in the Fourth Test, he would keep his place as a specialist batsman.

Captain Joe Root highlighted Stokes and Buttler as demonstrating the correct way to bat in Test cricket during their partnership of 169 last week.

JONNY BAIRSTOW is winning his race to be fit for the Fourth Test against India on Thursday.