England, Australia name squads for final Ashes Test

Ruben Hill
September 12, 2019

Marsh was a surprise call-up to the 12-man squad in place of vice-captain Travis Head, with the WA all-rounder set to play and ease the burden on Australia's four-man bowling attack.

"To win the first 50-over World Cup is a huge achievement for English cricket, so, absolutely, it should be seen as a successful year, but we've got a chance to level this series and make it slightly better than it looks right now so that's the full focus of the group".

Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman because of a shoulder injury, which has prompted selectors to swing the axe on Roy.

With Stokes unable to bowl his usual amount of overs, fellow all-rounder Sam Curran comes in for struggling batsman Jason Roy, while Chris Woakes replaces Craig Overton in the pace attack. The visitors won the first Test by 251 runs but after the drawn second, England leveled the series with a stunning turnaround in the third Test.

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

"But ultimately we need to focus on the core group of players that are going to lead this team forward both home and away and build from that and towards winning in Australia". "I'll keep trying to work on that and try to improve my game".

Root has copped plenty of criticism after collecting three ducks in the last five innings.

Megan Schutt hat-trick
Megan Schutt

Despite retaining the Ashes, Australia skipper Tim Paine described the Oval Test as a grand final.

Smith is banned from leadership roles until March because of his involvement in a Cape Town ball-tampering scandal previous year but he is tipped by some former players and leading cricket writers to regain the captaincy from wicketkeeper Paine after his batting heroics in England. "I've not performed how I would have liked but that's part and parcel of Test cricket". "We have spoken a lot about it".

"In terms of personnel, things might change, as they have done for a while", he said.

"Last week's result at Old Trafford was brilliant and we played very well, but all the guys are aware that this Test is bigger than that one".

Australia coach Justin Langer, revelling in having the world's top-ranked batsman and bowler at his disposal, is urging the other batsmen to step up in the match starting on Thursday (today), even though he admits they lack experience.

England: Burns, Denly, Root (capt), Stokes, Bairstow (wkt), Buttler, Curran, Woakes, Archer, Broad, Leach.

AUSTRALIA (from): Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle.

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