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IND v ENG, 4th test, Day1: England opt to bat first, India's eye on early wickets

Ahmedabad: England captain Joe Root won the toss, chose to bat in the fourth and final Test against India. For India, Mohammed Siraj came back in spot of Jasprit Bumrah. For England, batsman Dan Lawrence replaced Stuart Broad while Dom Bess came in place of Jofra Archer.

Virat Kohli's men need at least a draw to maintain the current 2-1 lead to qualify for the Lord's final against New Zealand.

"We would've batted first too. It looks good to bat on, on Day 1. It's been unbelievable captaining India for so long, and in Tests, we have come up the ranks quite well," Virat Kohli said at the toss ceremony ahead of 4th Test vs England.

"We look forward to coming together as an aside. We have a great bunch of guys who have bought into my vision as captain," Kohli added.

"We have to be at our best, and England are a quality side, who have and can put us under pressure. We have to be at the top of our game. Mohammad Siraj comes in in place of Jasprit Bumrah," Kohli further said.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj

England (Playing XI): Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes(w), Daniel Lawrence, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, James Anderson

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