England, Australia name squads for final Ashes Test

Test all-rounder rankings

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England have dropped batsman Jason Roy and seamer Craig Overton for this week's fifth and final Ashes series Test at The Oval in London.

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

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that Ben Stokes would play as a specialist batsman due to a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, with an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series, Australia have retained the Ashes after the victory at Old Trafford.

"It was a really tough call on Travis Head. we felt like we needed some extra bowling", Tim Paine said.

Stokes is England's top-scorer in the series, with 354 runs and two centuries but, with the exception of Rory Burns, the rest of the batsmen have struggled to build totals for the bowlers to defend.

If he doesn't, however, there isn't much that will then be stopping the Australians from securing their first away Ashes series win since 2001.

Root's captaincy, and his form, has come under the spotlight but he sounded an upbeat tone as he looked forward to trying to level the series.

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"We have not lost anything yet".

"I know the direction I want to take this team", Root said.

"After three Tests in this series, either team could have been up 3-0 I thought".

Smith is banned from leadership roles until March because of his involvement in a Cape Town ball-tampering scandal past year but he is tipped by some former players and leading cricket writers to regain the captaincy from wicketkeeper Paine after his batting heroics in England. "I've not performed how I would have liked but that's part and parcel of test cricket". That history suggests that Siddle should be a strong chance to play this time around, with the Australians waiting until match day to decide whether one of Cummins (48 overs in Manchester), Hazlewood (42.3) or Mitchell Starc (38) need to be spelled. "He's not really given many chances and we feel on a number of occasions in the first 20 balls we've beaten the bat a lot and it could have been very different but he's managed to ride that out well and when he's got in he's made it really count".

"We came here to win the Ashes not just retain them".

"(Roy) is very aware of where he's at and what he needs to do to have success at this level".

Paine said Marsh's inclusion was aimed at easing the workload on his impressive pace attack and that he had "full faith" in his batting.

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