England’s Jonny Bairstow will likely to be unable to keep wicket for the fourth Test against India at the Ageas Bowl.
The Yorkshireman fractured the middle finger of his left hand on day three of the 203-run defeat to Virat Kohli’s side at Trent Bridge.
As a result he was replaced behind the stumps by Jos Buttler and was forced to bat at number seven in England’s second innings.
Speaking to Sky Sports coach Bayliss all-but confirmed that if Bairstow, 28, is to play next week he is unlikely to be given the gloves.
‘We’re hopeful of that [Bairstow playing as a batsman],’ he said. ‘Wicket-keeping might be out of the equation but hopefully he can bat. We have to wait and see how it comes out in the next couple of days.’
Captain Joe Root has hinted that Bairstow will be fit enough to feature in the fourth game at Southampton which starts on 30 August, but only as a specialist batsman.
‘He has a little fracture at the end of his finger,’ he told Test Match Special.
‘He felt fine to bat but he had to come in down the card. It is something we’ll have to have a look at over the next few days.
‘He’ll have to make sure he rests it and gives himself the best chance to play but we’ll make a selection in due course.
‘I don’t think it is something you can make a decision about now. It is something that will be monitored
‘We are fortunate that Jos is in this team and is very capable in this format as well. In terms of that department I don’t think that is a worry.
‘Obviously [Bairstow] is playing well this summer and it would be great to have him batting if not keeping as well.’