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India vs England fourth Test: Tips and suggested bets

India carry a 2-1 series lead into the fourth Test and could clinch the Anthony De Mello Trophy with a win in Ranchi. But where should your money go?

England have an incentive to keep scrapping as this is a World Test Championship series and points are up for grabs in every encounter.

The Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium has only staged two Tests before with India playing to a draw in the first one against Australia back in 2017 before thrashing South Africa by an innings and 212 runs in a match where Rohit Sharma struck a double ton.

At this stage of the season, the pitch will be expected to be quite flat but efforts will be made to give it some life given the venue's reputation.

England have already named their XI with Mark Wood and Rehan Ahmed making way for Ollie Robinson and Shaoib Bashir. Ben Stokes remarked that the decision was motivated by their inspections of the pitch.

India have not named their team yet but have confirmed that neither Jasprit Bumrah nor KL Rahul will play in the upcoming Test match with the former released from the squad in what appears to be workload management.

Rahul continues to rehab a quadriceps injury and could still feature in the fifth Test.

 

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India vs England fourth Test: Tips and suggested bets

Mukesh Kumar has been recalled to the India squad after the release of Bumrah and is expected to come straight into the playing XI.

He is unlikely to be able to replace Bumrah fully with the paceman leading the wicket-takers in this series with 17 scalps.

Ravindra Jadeja could be the bowler who picks up the wicket-taking slack and appears a solid punt to end as India's top wicket-taker.

When it comes to putting runs on the board no player has been able to match Yashasvi Jaiswal across this series.

Jaiswal has already crossed the 500-run mark long before anyone else has even managed 300 runs. His purple patch looks set to continue in Ranchi.

England's best batter across the series so far has been Ben Duckett with his strength against spin coming to the fore.

That said he could do with making better decisions once set and England will want him to prove he can score impactful runs in Test cricket.

As with India and Ravindra Jadeja, England's left-arm spin option Tom Hartley has consistently looked like the tourists' greatest threat with the ball.

 

Predictions

Ravindra Jadeja to take the most wickets

Yashasvi Jaiswal to top-score in India's first innings

Ben Duckett to top score for England

Tom Hartley to take most England wickets

 

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