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Jason Roy has been dropped for the final Ashes Test at the Oval after struggling with the bat

Jason Roy and Craig Overton dropped by England for final Ashes Test at the Oval as Sam Curran and Chris Woakes take their places

  • Jason Roy has failed to impress with the bat in the first four Tests of the series
  • Craig Overton came in for the fourth Test but has also been replaced by England
  • Sam Curran and Chris Woakes, who made way for Overton last time out, come in
  • The ECB confirmed Ben Stokes would not bowl in the final Ashes Test at the Oval 
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Jason Roy’s Test future looks uncertain after he was dropped from Thursday’s Ashes finale at The Oval, as England look to finish their summer with a series-squaring win over Australia.

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With Ben Stokes not fully recovered from the shoulder injury that prevented him from bowling in Australia’s second innings at Old Trafford, England have decided to play him in place of Roy No 4, and strengthen the bowling.

Chris Woakes has been recalled after his omission in Manchester, while Sam Curran will make his Ashes debut on his home ground. Craig Overton misses out, despite batting for almost three hours as England fought in vain to save the Manchester Test. 

Jason Roy has been dropped for the final Ashes Test at the Oval after struggling with the bat

Jason Roy has been dropped for the final Ashes Test at the Oval after struggling with the bat

Craig Overton has also been excluded from the fifth Test after coming in at Old Trafford

Craig Overton has also been excluded from the fifth Test after coming in at Old Trafford

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Craig Overton has also been excluded from the fifth Test after coming in at Old Trafford

And with captain Joe Root regarding this game as the start of a new journey for his struggling team, Roy’s place within it will be reassessed again when the squad is chosen for the two-match series in New Zealand starting in November.

He has averaged 13 in this series, and in Manchester was demoted in the order to No 4 after totalling 57 runs in six innings as an opener.

‘Jason has had an opportunity to come in and play Test cricket and get a feel for it, and it has not gone quite how he would have liked,’ said Root. ‘But I’m sure he will go away and work extremely hard and come again.

‘He is very aware of where he is at and what he needs to do to get himself in the best place to perform in Test cricket.’

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Root called on his team for one last push at the end of a memorable but draining summer, and urged them to send head coach Trevor Bayliss off ‘with a real big bang’. 

Chris Woakes and Sam Curran will replace Roy and Overton for England at the Oval

Chris Woakes and Sam Curran will replace Roy and Overton for England at the Oval

Chris Woakes and Sam Curran will replace Roy and Overton for England at the Oval

Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman only after injuring his shoulder at Old Trafford

Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman only after injuring his shoulder at Old Trafford

Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman only after injuring his shoulder at Old Trafford

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He added: ‘It is bitterly disappointing not to have the Ashes back, but we haven’t lost anything yet and we have to make sure we square the series up. There are Test Championship points to play for as well.

‘In terms of my own captaincy, I know the direction I want to take this team, and it is about starting that now and not after this series. It is important we win this game and have a really strong winter.

‘In terms of personnel, things might change, as they have done for a while, but we have to focus on the core group of players that can lead this team forward, both home and away, then build from that. We have to use the next two years to focus on putting in a winning tour to Australia.’

Meanwhile, the tourists have replaced middle-order batsman Travis Head with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, while their last bowling spot will be between Peter Siddle, who has not played since the second Test at Lord’s, and Pat Cummins, who played a full part in the World Cup and the first four Tests here. Cummins’s 24 scalps at 17 apiece make him the leading wicket-taker on either side.