England, Australia name squads for final Ashes Test

  • England, Australia name squads for final Ashes Test

England, Australia name squads for final Ashes Test

Now he must somehow lift himself for what is still a crucially important Test against an Australian side who should really be exhausted themselves after bowling for most of Sunday to win the fourth match and then partying slightly classlessly at Old Trafford afterwards.

England have recalled all-rounder Sam Curran and paceman Chris Woakes in place of Roy and Craig Overton for the series finale that starts on Thursday.

Jason Roy became the first casualty of Root's new broom when ditched to accommodate Ben Stokes who can play here as a batsman only (at four) on account of a shoulder injury. He replaces batsman Travis Head.

Roy can have few complaints having failed to translate white-ball prowess to the longer format but his omission could also indicate a shift in thinking back to long-format specialists.

"We've not lost anything yet", he said. "We have not lost anything yet".

Anderson took aim at the pitches this series for not favouring the home team, but rather leaning towards the Aussie quicks and batsman. That's the full focus of this group so we've got to make sure that we win this game.

West Indies women's poor batting form stretched to the third and final ODI game of the series, paving the way for Australia's series sweep through yet another crushing win over the hosts. Of course, I've not performed as I would have liked but that's part and parcel of Test cricket.

But he said he knew the direction in which he wanted to take the team and was already looking forward to trying to win the Ashes in Australia in 2021/22. "We came here to win the Ashes not just retain them. As a group last week's result was brilliant and we played very well but the guys are aware this match is bigger than that one, this is our grand final".

"We had to make a really tough call on someone and it happened to be Travis".

The former captain, top of the global rankings, has carried his team's batting with three centuries and two fifties, including a double-century in the win in Manchester, with Marnus Labuschagne the only other batsman who has shown any consistency.

Root, 28, averages 30.87 in the series before the fifth and final Test and has yet to score a hundred, while in contrast former Australia captain Steve Smith has chalked up 671 runs at 134.20.

It means Marsh will don his baggy green for the first time since last year's Boxing Day Test, during which he was booed by some sections of the MCG crowd.

The other key factor for Australia has been the strength of their pace attack, with Josh Hazlewood and world number one Pat Cummins catching the eye with 42 wickets between them. "I've never seen batting like that".

"Sometimes you get outplayed and we've had some challenges across the summer".

England squad: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.