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Ashes 2019: England batsman Jason Roy DROPPED for fifth and final Test against Australia

England batsman Jason Roy has been dropped for the fifth Ashes Test against Australia at the Oval.

The limited-overs star has struggled upon his introduction to the longer format, averaging just 18.7 runs in his opening five Tests.

Jason Roy’s Test career has not gone to plan so far
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A move from the top of the order to no.4 at Old Trafford did not result in more runs, and despite Australia already retaining the urn, the England selectors have run out of patience.

Craig Overton, who batted valiantly to try and save the fourth Test, has also lost his place, with all-rounders Sam Curran and Chris Woakes replacing the duo.

Neither Woakes nor Curran represent a direct replacement for Roy, and Ben Stokes will fill the void as part of a re-balance.

The England hero is currently nursing a shoulder injury which will see him unable to bowl, so will therefore move up the order as a specialist batsman.

Joe Root’s men are playing for pride after already failing in their bid to retain the Ashes.

The Aussies take a 2-1 lead into the final test in London, and England will be keen to draw the series, even if it means the urn still goes back to Australia.

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh replaces Travis Head for the visitors.

Mitchell Marsh will make his first appearance of the series
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England team to face Australia

Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad.


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