Ashes 2019: England drop Jason Roy for final Test at Oval


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.

On the other side of the coin, England have dropped their own selection bombshell on the eve of the fifth and final Ashes Test, dropping out of sorts opener Jason Roy, as well as the just-recalled paceman Craig Overton.

Although he did show some grit to fight it out on the final day of the Old Trafford Test, the fact that all-rounder Ben Stokes won't be available to bowl due to a shoulder injury seems to have gone against him as the selectors looked to strengthen the bowling line-up, drafting in the left-arm swing bowler, Sam Curran. "'We've got to make sure we square the series up".

While Smith is the leading scorer in the series with 671 runs in three tests, team mate David Warner has struggled, scoring only 79 runs in eight innings with three ducks.

They are replaced by all rounder Sam Curran and Chris Woakes.

Interestingly, after winning the Old Trafford Test by 185 runs, the Man of the Match Steve Smith was seen wearing the glasses and batting left-handed in a team huddle later in the evening.

But Langer is adamant Smith was mimicking Chris Rogers, who last played for Australia in 2015 and, like Leach, wears glasses when he bats.

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.

Leach was an unlikely hero in the third Test at Headingley when he came in at number 11 and helped centurion Ben Stokes chase 359 to win.

"Experience tells me when you're doing well people try and pick holes in you".

"We've not lost anything yet", he said. "I want to win this game, use this game as a stepping stone and move forward as a group". I don't know why people are getting so offended.

"After we won the Ashes in Perth in 2013-14, I managed to take a catch".

Smith was the No 1-ranked batsman in Test cricket before he was suspended previous year by Cricket Australia.

"They know there is still unfinished business and we are looking forward to this last Test match".