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Ashes 5th Test preview: England play for pride, Paine’s men eye history

England's Jofra Archer, right, and Sam Curran (left) attend a nets session at The Oval, London, Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019.

England's Jofra Archer, right, and Sam Curran (left) attend a nets session at The Oval, London, Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

England leave out Jason Roy and Craig Overton and bring in Sam Curran and Chris Woakes; Australia drop Travis Head for Mitchell Marsh

After suffering a heart-wrenching defeat in Manchester and relinquishing the urn, England will aim to draw the five-match Ashes series and gain all 24 ICC World Test Championship points available when they take on Australia in the final Test beginning on Thursday at The Oval.

England, who clinched a miraculous win in the third Test, failed to keep up their spirits and came out with a below-par performance, especially with the bat, at Old Trafford as they lost the match by 185 runs. The Oval Test will be Trevor Bayliss’s last match as England head coach.

Roy dropped

England have dropped batsman Jason Roy and fast bowler Craig Overton as they announced their XI on the eve of the game.

They are replaced by all-rounder Sam Curran and Chris Woakes. Ben Stokes will play as a batsman only after injuring his shoulder at Old Trafford.

Australia have made one change with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh coming in to replace Travis Head.

Roy's omission is no great surprise as he has struggled throughout the series having started it as an opening batsman.

He scored 110 runs in eight innings with a top score of 31 at Old Trafford when he dropped down the order.

Warner’s poor form

On the other hand, Australia will look to win the Ashes series outright in England for the first time since 2001.

Tim Paine has shuffled his pace attack through the series. Pat Cummins is the only one to have featured in all matches so far, and while head coach Justin Langer is keen to have him in the side to push for a 3-1 series win, he admitted that the workload was “taking a toll”.

One of only worries Australia have at the moment is the form of David Warner. Warner has been in awful form in the ongoing Ashes and has scored just 79 runs at an average of 9.87 per innings. The left-handed opener has endured a tough series tackling the new ball, particularly against England seamer Stuart Broad, and has managed just one double-figure score (61) in eight innings with ducks from each of his last three starts.

However, Langer has backed him to come good and score in the final Test.

Squads

Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

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

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The story was updated with news of team changes to both sides

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