India v England 2024, fourth men's Test: All you need to know

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What is it?

The fourth of five Tests between India and England.

When is it?

The match is scheduled to begin on Friday, February 23, with the first ball set to be bowled at 9:30am local time (4am GMT).

Where is it?

The fourth Test will be held at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) International Stadium complex in Ranchi.

India have played two Test matches at the ground previously, a draw against Australia in 2017 and an innings and 202-run victory over South Africa in 2019.


Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes remain committed to England's aggressive style of play (Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

What's happened in the series so far?

India currently lead the series 2-1 after winning in sensational style in Rajkot, beating England by 434 runs to secure their largest winning margin in Test matches.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, India racked up 445, with captain Rohit Sharma (131) and Ravindra Jadeja (112) both making hundreds.

A century from Ben Duckett (153) helped England to 319, but India responded with Yashasvi Jaiswal's double century (214*) leading them to 430 for 4d, where England collapsed to 122 all out in pursuit of chasing 557.

What's the squad news?

With the third Test finishing a day ahead of schedule, England have an extended period of preparation but as the turnaround between Tests is still particularly tight, changes may be expected.

Jack Leach is out for the series with a knee injury he sustained in the first Test in Hyderabad and as Rehan Ahmed and Tom Hartley have played all three games so far, it is possible we will see Shoaib Bashir return to the line-up after his debut in the second Test.

Ollie Robinson, Gus Atkinson and Dan Lawrence – who replaced Harry Brook after having to leave the tour for personal reasons – have all yet to feature in the series.

Doubts were shed over Jonny Bairstow’s continued involvement despite poor form, but head coach Brendon McCullum has indicated he has full support of the backroom staff: “I don't have concerns over him. I'm not blind but he's done so well for us and he's had such an impactful career. We know that a top-quality Jonny Bairstow is as good as anyone in any conditions.”

For India, like with Harry Book, veteran Virat Kohli is out of the series for personal reasons. KL Rahul, having missed the last two Tests with a thigh problem, remains absent while Jasprit Bumrah will be rested after bowling 80.5 overs across the first three Tests.

Ravichandran Ashwin missed part of the Rajkot Test due to personal reasons and there is a slight injury concern surrounding Ravindra Jadeja after he pulled his hamstring earlier in the first Test in Hyderabad. However, it might be that the hosts limit the number of changes, particularly given their record-breaking victory in Rajkot.

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep

England: Ben Stokes (c), Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Shoaib Bashir, Harry Brook (withdrawn, replaced by Dan Lawrence), Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, Jack Leach (withdrawn), Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood


India will be without Jasprit Bumrah in Ranchi (PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images)

What is the weather forecast?

Dry and hot conditions are expected for each of the first four days in Ranchi, with temperatures peaking at 27 degrees Celcius. If the Test reaches day five (Tuesday), which hasn’t happened in the series yet, there is a possible chance of rain.

What are the odds?

Now leading 2-1 with two Tests to play, India are favourites with odds of 5/11 to secure a series win, meanwhile England are at 3/1 to level the series, with the draw priced at 14/1.

How can I watch it?

In the UK, TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) will show the entire series after making a late bid to secure the broadcast rights. The third Test will be shown on TNT Sports 1, with coverage beginning at 3.30am. TNT Sports can be streamed live via the Discovery+ app.

Talksport will provide live radio commentary for listeners in the UK.

In India, Sports 18 will televise the series while all five matches can also be livestreamed via the Jio Cinema app or website.

Elsewhere in the world, fans in Australia can catch the series on Fox Sports while in South Africa, Supersport will have all of the action. In USA, WillowTV will provide live coverage.

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