England has dropped jason Roy and Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman at the final Ashes Test against Australia.
Stokes was confined to 10.5 overs in Old Trafford a week after injuring his right shoulder in Australia’s first innings and won’t bowl in south London from Thursday as England look to make a 2-2 series draw.
Sam Curran has been hailed as a fourth seam-bowling choice to pay for, meaning batsman Roy – who has scored only 110 runs from the series with an average of 13.75 – makes manner, whereas Chris Woakes has also been remembered instead of fellow paceman Craig Overton.
England captain Joe Root stated:”It’s always hard to leave guys out but Stokesy picked up a shoulder injury in the last game.
“He won’t be able to bowl the overs you would usually expect him and I think it could be a danger to take him into the game as a fourth seamer.
“He might be able to bowl a couple of overs here and there but his batting is, since this series has showna huge portion of the facet and he rightly deserves to be from the group because a top-four batter.
“That we have needed to alter the balance of the side along with Jason is the unfortunate one to miss out.
“Jason has an opportunity to come in and play Test cricket and get a sense for it and it’s not really gone as he would have liked, but I am sure he’ll go off and work extremely hard and return again.
“That is exactly what you expect of guys when they get left out. I am sure he’ll have that attitude. He’ll want to prove a point and get himself back into the side.
“He is very aware of where he is at and what he needs to do for himself in the ideal location to do in Test cricket.”
Australia – that retained the Ashes having a success in Manchester on Sunday – will create at least one alteration using all-rounder Mitchell Marsh coming for part time spinner Travis Head and batsman, in The Oval.
Peter Siddle will hope to split up the pace attack of Mitchell Starc Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, and has been named in a squad.
“The bowlers bowled a lot of overs [in Old Trafford] thus earning Mitchell will relieve a whole lot of the workload onto them,” said Australia captain Tim Paine at his press conference.
“It was a tough call on Travis, who’d made a great start to his Test career, however we only want a bit more bowling thickness on what looks like a really good wicket and to have the ability to look following large fast bowlers.
“Mitchell also has two Test hundreds so we have complete faith in him with the bat”
Paine’s unwanted will now look to win the Ashes series outright for the very first time in England as 2001, when Steve Waugh captained the Baggy Greens and lead the series 2-1.
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