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“You always try to pick your best team, but you balance that with continuity” said Alastair Cook© Getty Images


Aug 7, 2014


England are all set to announce an unchanged XI ahead of the fourth Test match against India at Old Trafford, Manchester.


If there’s no last minute change of plan, then the Middlesex pacer Steve Finn will not be playing as he was included in the 13 men squad. Sportsmail reported that the English selectors are not willing to change a winning combination, this will mean that Chris Jordan will retain his place in the team even after an abysmal performance with the ball at The Ageas Bowl.


This will bear sad news for Steve Finn who returned to the England Test squad after the disastrous Ashes tour last winter.
Alastair Cook said in an interview ahead of the fourth Test, “We hadn’t won for 10 games. You always try to pick your best team, but you balance that with continuity. Guys in that team don’t want to be keep looking over shoulder – I’m in and I’m out. You make calls like that, but successful sides built on a bit more stability than that.”


The wicket at Old Trafford is set to offer the most challenging pitch in this series with a lot of bounce. As Finn’s return looks gloomy so the responsibility should be taken up by the next tallest bowler of the team, Stuart Broad.


Meanwhile on the other hand, India might make three changes to their team as well along side England. They could bring in Ravichandran Ashwin in place of Rohit Sharma, Varun Aaron in place of Pankaj Singh and Gautam Gambhir might get his first game at the expense of Shikhar Dhawan.