England will be forced into making at least one change for the fourth Test against India after Jos Buttler pulled out because his wife is due to give birth.
Jonny Bairstow will replace Buttler as keeper, taking the gloves for the first time in Test cricket for two years.
Bairstow was seemingly content with his role at No 5 and standing next to Joe Root at second slip, where he took a brilliant catch in India’s second innings as England levelled the series with an innings victory. But he relishes keeping and batting at six or seven and has made no secret about his ambition to return as England’s Test keeper.
He lost the gloves after the Ashes series in 2019, and since then Ollie Pope (as emergency cover), Ben Foakes, James Bracey and Buttler have kept ahead of him.
“To be honest, the simple answer is yes I’m confident that Jonny can do the job if asked,” said head coach…