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Ashes 2019: England Call Up Sam Curran & Chris Woakes for Oval Test

In a bid to level the series where they trail Australia 2-1 after the four Tests, England have made two changes for the final Test at the Oval.

Cricketnext Staff |September 11, 2019, 8:54 PM IST
Ashes 2019: England Call Up Sam Curran & Chris Woakes for Oval Test

In a bid to level the series where they trail Australia 2-1 after the four Tests, England have made two changes for the final Test at the Oval.

England have dropped the under-performing Jason Roy & Craig Overton, and have drafted in all-rounders Sam Curran and Chris Woakes.

Roy has been woefully out of form in the series and averaged just 9.5 at the top of the order in the first three Tests, and scored only 22 and 31 in the two innings in Manchester after having dropped down the order to number 4.

A shoulder injury to all-rounder Ben Stokes means he will play as a specialist batsman only in the final Test.

"It's always tough to leave guys out, but Stokesy obviously picked up a shoulder injury in the last game and won't be able to bowl the overs we normally expect him to," he said at the London ground on Wednesday.

"With that we've had to change the balance of the side, and Jason's the unfortunate one to miss out.

"Jason's had an opportunity to come in and play Test cricket, get a feel for it and it's not quite gone how he would have liked.

"But I'm sure he'll go away and work extremely hard and come back again and that's what you expect of guys when they get left out."

"He might be able to bowl a couple of overs here and there but his batting, as this series as shown, is a massive part of our side and he rightly deserves to be in our team as just a batter and a top-four batter," said Root.

"He will I'm sure want to find different ways of getting himself into the game even if it's not with the ball."

Australia beat England in Old Trafford in the fourth Test to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series to retain the Ashes.

Tim Paine, with former captain Steve Waugh as mentor, is hoping to become the first Australian skipper to win an Ashes series on English soil since 2001.

England squad: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

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