Jason Roy Was dropped from England and Ben Stokes will play a specialist batsman in the final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval.
Stokes was limited to 10.5 overs at Old Trafford a week after injuring his right shoulder in Australia’s first innings and will not bowl in south London from Thursday as England look to make a 2-2 series draw.
Sam Curran was hailed as a fourth largest seam-bowling option to cover, significance batsman Roy – who has scored just 110 runs from the string at an average of 13.75 – makes manner, whereas Chris Woakes has additionally been remembered in place of fellow paceman Craig Overton.
England captain Joe Root stated:”It is always hard to leave men out but Stokesy picked up a shoulder injury in the previous game.
“He will not be able to bowl the overs you’d usually expect him and I think that it could be a risk to take him to the game as a fourth seamer.
“He might be able to bowl a couple of overs here and there but his batting isalso, as this series has shown, a large portion of this facet and he rightly deserves to be in the group because a top-four batter.
“That we’ve needed to alter the balance of both sides and Jason is the unlucky one to miss out.
“Jason has an opportunity to come in and play Test cricket and get a feel for this and it’s not really gone as he would have liked, but I’m sure he will go off and work exceptionally hard and come back again.
“That is what you expect of guys when they get left out. I am sure he’ll have that attitude. He’ll want to establish a point and get himself back into the negative.
“He’s very conscious of where he’s at and what he wants to do to get himself in the best location to perform in Test cricket”
Australia – that retained the Ashes with a victory in Manchester on Sunday – can create a minumum of one alteration with all all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, at The Oval.
Peter Siddle was appointed in a 12-man squad, and will hope to break up the pace attack of Mitchell Starc Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
“The bowlers bowled a great deal of overs [in Old Trafford] thus bringing in Mitchell will ease a lot of the workload onto them,” said Australia captain Tim Paine at his press conference.
“It was a difficult call on Travis, who’d made a fantastic start to his Test career, but we only want a little more bowling depth on what looks like a really good wicket and to have the ability to look after out large fast bowlers.
“Mitchell also has two Test countless so we’ve got complete faith in him with the violin .”
Paine’s negative will be looking to win the Ashes series outright since 2001, when Steve Waugh captained the Baggy Greens to a 4-1 victory and lead the series 2-1.
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