England's Jonny Bairstow leaves the field after injuring his finger in the third Test against India. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs
England's Jonny Bairstow leaves the field after injuring his finger in the third Test against India. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs
Mohammed Shami (right) seen here celebrating after taking the wicket of Joe Root, says India's bowlers will target Bairstow if he plays in the final Test. Photo: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Mohammed Shami (right) seen here celebrating after taking the wicket of Joe Root, says India's bowlers will target Bairstow if he plays in the final Test. Photo: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Indian captain Virat Kohli. Photo: RUI VIEIRA/AP
Indian captain Virat Kohli. Photo: RUI VIEIRA/AP

LONDON - Indian bowlers will look to target England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow's fractured finger should the 28-year-old be passed fit to play in the fourth test, paceman Mohammed Shami has said.

Bairstow picked up the injury while keeping during the third test but has been selected for the upcoming match with coach Trevor Bayliss saying he may be deployed as a batsman, with Jos Buttler taking over behind the stumps.

The Yorkshireman is England's leading run scorer in the series with 206 and he still retains hope of keeping his place as wicketkeeper for the penultimate test beginning at Southampton on Thursday.

"Obviously, when you see that a batsman has a weakness and he feels uncomfortable in some way, you'd prefer to work on that aspect," Shami told a news conference. "It's not just me, any fast bowler will want to target his weak zone. So we will definitely look at that."

England lead the five-match series 2-1 following India's 203-run victory in the third test at Trent Bridge.  Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli has ruled out participating in the initial stages of the England and Wales Cricket Board's new 100-ball format and says he is worried that commercial concerns are eroding the quality of the game.

The ECB's new eight-team tournament is set to begin in 2020 and sees each side facing 15 six-ball overs, culminating in a final 10 deliveries. Kohli already represents India in tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20s and plays in the Indian Premier League and said he did not want to be "a testing sort of cricketer for any new format".

"Obviously for the people involved in the whole process and the set-up it will be really exciting but I cannot think of one more format, to be honest," Kohli said in an interview with Wisden Cricket Monthly.

"I am very ... I wouldn't say frustrated but it can get very demanding of you when you have to play so much cricket. I feel the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of the cricket and that hurts me."

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