England team unchanged for final Pakistan Test

LONDON – England will field an unchanged team for the fourth Test against Pakistan at The Oval, captain Alastair Cook said Wednesday.

The selectors had thought about giving a home debut to leg-spinner Adil Rashid but have now stuck with the same XI that won the third Test by 141 runs at Edgbaston on Sunday.

England lead the four-match series 2-1 heading into Thursday’s match in south London.

If they avoid defeat at The Oval, they will hold all nine bilateral series titles against the world’s other Test-playing nations.

Should England take the series 3-1 and India do not win both of the remaining matches in their series away to the West Indies, Cook’s men could go top of the world Test rankings.

England team to play Pakistan in fourth Test:

Alastair Cook (capt), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson

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