Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jason Roy and Craig Overton dropped by England for final Ashes Test

Jason Roy and Craig Overton dropped by England for final Ashes Test

England are 2-1 down and can not take the Ashes back from the holders even if they win the fifth Test at The Oval, which begins on Thursday.

All-rounders Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have been recalled.

The England and Wales Cricket Board also confirmed Ben Stokes would not bowl in the match, which gets under way on Thursday, due to a shoulder injury, and will play as a specialist batsman. He replaces Travis Head.

Roy's omission is no great surprise as he has struggled throughout the series having started it as an opening batsman.

Root stressed that he is fully focussed on trying to secure a series-levelling win against Australia before embarking on what he hopes will be successful winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa.

Two months since they won their maiden World Cup in the 50 overs, England cricket is under an vast pressure to save the Ashes at home. That's the full focus of this group so we've got to make sure that we win this game.

"We've not lost anything yet", he said.

Root was adamant that despite the disappointment of failing to win the series, England could still be proud of their achievements over the summer.

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"I know what direction I want to take this team forward". "I'll continue to keep working hard and trying to improve my game".

The standout batsman of the series has been Steve Smith, who has scored 671 runs in just five innings at an astonishing average of more than 134.

Curran, who hasn't played any of the Tests so far despite his promises as a young all-rounder, has been roped in to boost both the batting and bowling.

"This is our grand final".

While the Ashes have been retained, captain Tim Paine said the ambition is to win the series and, for that reason, the last Test is a like a "grand final" for the tourists.

As for Australia's chances of achieving an outright Ashes win - they are little different of course, although seeing a draw at The Oval (5/1) would also suffice for a 2-1 win, they are slightly stronger favourites for that achievement, at 8/15, compared to 6/4 for the 2-2 scoreline.

"Last week's result at Old Trafford was brilliant and we played very well, but all the guys are aware that this Test is bigger than that one".

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