Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow (Getty Images)

England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is hopeful of making full recovery ahead of the fourth Test against India that will allow him to also resume duties behind the stumps. Bairstow suffered a fracture in his finger while collecting a James Anderson delivery during the third Test at Trent Bridge.

Jos Buttler took over the ‘keeping duties as Bairstow watched the proceedings from England’s dressing room. The 28-year-old will check the status of his injury on Tuesday during a practice session and is positive that he will be able to prove his fitness.

“The swelling has gone down. Hopefully I’m going to try and keep wicket in training this afternoon as well,’ he was quoted as saying on Sky Sports. “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, but at the same time I’m desperate to try and keep my place as the keeper.”

Bairstow is England’s leading run-getter in the ongoing five-match series against India with 206 runs at an average of 41.20. If not declared fit for keeping duties, he will play as a specialist batsman – a fate the Yorkshireman wants to avoid

“I’m very, very keen to keep my spot as the 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,” he said.

India have kept the series alive with a dominating show in the third Test – a 203-run victory that allowed them to cut down England’s lead to 2-1. With the much improved show from the visitors, England expect yet another testing contest come August 30.

“It’s going to be a great contest. India played well in the last game, but the last Test match played here was a comprehensive win, so we’ll turn up fully confident and excited after a good few days off. They’ve got to win the next two games in order to clinch the series, so it will be a fantastic game and we’re full of confidence still,” he said.