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Overton and Roy miss out at The Oval

11th September 2019, 18:25 by Gareth Freeman

England have dropped Jason Roy and Craig Overton for the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval.

Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have been called up to replace the duo as England seek to salvage a series draw, with Australia having already retained the Ashes after their 185-run fourth Test win at Old Trafford.

Batsman Roy's omission shouldn't come as a major surprise as he has struggled throughout the series, although the final match is on the Surrey man's home ground.

The 28-year-old's highest score in eight Ashes innings is 31 and he has managed just 110 runs in total.

Seamer Overton is perhaps unlucky to miss out as he batted valiantly in the closing stages of the fourth Test as England attempted to keep the series alive by claiming an improbable draw.

The Somerset man successfully faced 104 balls before being dismissed as the last man out but was disappointing with the ball, taking just two wickets at Old Trafford.

All-rounder Ben Stokes is unfit to bowl due to a shoulder injury but has been included as a specialist batsman for the fifth Test, which begins on Thursday.

England team for fifth Ashes Test: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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