England stick to the same squad for fifth Ashes Test

Joe Root will lead an unchanged 13-man squad to The Oval

Joe Root will lead an unchanged 13-man squad to The Oval

Even a draw would have done for the home squad, and England looked set to battle it out through the day to set up a decisive test at London's The Oval.

ESPN's Alexis Nunes, Andrew Miller and Mark Butcher discuss England's discuss to name an unchanged side for the final Ashes Test match vs. Australia at the Oval.

The match will be England head coach Trevor Bayliss' final game in charge as his contract ends this month. While Australia may have retained the Ashes with Warner taking a few stunners on the field, he has had a bit of a horror tour with the bat.

Australia batsman Steve Smith is accused of mocking England bowler Jack Leach after the fourth Test at Old Trafford was over.

Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is averaging 20.57 in eight Test innings in 2019, while Buttler has a top score of 41 in eight Ashes innings.

That England took the game into the final hour of Sunday's last day before being dismissed for 197, having been none for two after Cummins took two wickets in two balls, said much about their resolve.

England: Gareth Southgate says attack as exciting as any team
He was only involved in four games for us last season because of injury - two starts and two off the bench. I really have to keep encouraging our players to use the strengths they have".

"Good batsman don't get bowled out with stumps flying everywhere".

Stokes is England's leading run-scorer with 354 but Australia's Steve Smith leads the way with 671 from three Tests. "They need to focus on winning and not let England back into the series".

However, the 28-year-old was adamant he was the right man to lead the side despite failing to win an Ashes series for the second time after he also oversaw a 4-0 defeat Down Under in 2017-18.

Both Curran and Woakes missed out at Old Trafford.

Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer have bowled well in his absence but England would have been a stronger side had Anderson been fit and firing.

"When you're known as a cheat - and he is, I'm not going to sugar-coat it, the three guys cheated - that's on your CV". He is just a genius and I never had any doubt that he would come back and be the player that he was."The scary thing is he's getting better", he added.

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