England drop Jason Roy and make two changes for final Ashes Test
Jason Roy and Craig Overton have been dropped for the final Ashes Test of the summer with Chris Woakes and Sam Curran brought into the England side which surrendered the Ashes at Old Trafford.
Roy was identified as a possible solution to Englands long-standing problem at the top of the order but the 29-year-olds technique has failed to stand-up to the demands of the longest format of the game.
The Surrey batsman managed a top score of just 28 in six innings against Australia as an opener and was dropped down to No.4 in the batting order last week but again struggled against the likes of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood.
Overton, meanwhile, replaced Woakes in Manchester but took just two wickets and bowled just shy of six overs in Australias second innings.
Curran, 21, featured in Englands win over Ireland earlier this summer and has been a surprising omission from the Ashes series so far given he offers variation with his left-arm seam bowling and averages 31 with the bat at Test level.
England confirmed Ben Stokes will be unfit to bowl at the Oval and will play as a specialist batsman only, looking to add to his two centuries in the series already.
Australia retained the famous urn after securing a 185-run win at Old Trafford which has placed Joe Roots future at England captaincy under fresh scrutiny.
Definitely, yes, said Root when asked if he felt he was the right man for the job at his pre-match press conference.
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