Ashes 2019: England drop Jason Roy for final test, Australia axe Travis Head

England have finally run out of patience with Jason Roy, dumping the out-of-form batsman for the fifth Ashes test.


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


England have recalled allrounder Sam Curran and paceman Chris Woakes in place of Roy and Craig Overton for the series finale that starts on Thursday night (NZT). 

England captain Joe Root suggested Roy was "unfortunate" and his omission was purely because of Stokes' setback.


"It's always tough to leave guys out, but Stokesy obviously picked up a shoulder injury in the last game and won't be able to bowl the overs we normally expect him to," Root said.


"Jason's had an opportunity to come in and play test cricket, get a feel for it and it's not quite gone how he would have liked.


"But I'm sure he'll go away and work extremely hard, and come back again.


"That's what you expect of guys when they get left out and I'm sure he'll have that attitude, and will want to try and prove a point, and get himself back into the side."

Meanwhile, Australian captain vice-captain Travis Head has been axed from their squad, as Mitch Marsh returns to the starting side. 

Selectors are yet to make a call on whether Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood will be rested from the series finale.


Peter Siddle, who played the first two tests, has been retained in a 12-man squad and could be recalled in place of the world's top-ranked bowler Cummins or an in-form Hazlewood.


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

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



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