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1 Wednesday, September 11, 2019 18:44

England drop Jason Roy and make two changes for final Ashes Test


Jason Roy has struggled in the four previous Ashes Tests this summer (Picture: Getty)Jason Roy and Craig Overton have been dropped for the final Ashes Test of the summer with Chris Woakes and Sam Curran brought into the England side which surrendered the Ashes at Old Trafford.Roy was identified as a possible solution to England’s long-standing problem at the top of the order but the 29-year-old’s technique has failed to stand-up to the demands of the longest format of the game.

The Surrey batsman managed a top score of just 28 in six innings against Australia as an opener and was dropped down to No.4 in the batting order last week but again struggled against the likes of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood.Overton, meanwhile, replaced Woakes in Manchester but took just two wickets and bowled just shy of six overs in Australia’s second innings.

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Sam Curran has been recalled to the England side for the final Ashes Test of the summer (Picture: Getty)Curran, 21, featured in England’s win over Ireland earlier this summer and has been a surprising omission from the Ashes series so far given he offers variation with his left-arm seam bowling and averages 31 with the bat at Test level.

AdvertisementAdvertisementEngland confirmed Ben Stokes will be unfit to bowl at the Oval and will play as a specialist batsman only, looking to add to his two centuries in the series already.Australia retained the famous urn after securing a 185-run win at Old Trafford which has placed Joe Root’s future at England captaincy under fresh scrutiny.

‘Definitely, yes,’ said Root when asked if he felt he was the right man for the job at his pre-match press conference.‘Whenever you lose a series it hurts and I have to take that on the chin. It’s still very raw. You have to look at areas you want to get better at, both in yourself and as a team.‘But I have been given a fantastic opportunity to captain the Test side and will continue to work very hard doing my best at that.

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