ASHES 2019: England make two changes to their XI for the final Test

Jason Roy has run out of opportunities in Test cricket.

Jason Roy scored just 110 runs in 8 Ashes innings | Getty Images

The England Cricket Team has announced their final XI for the fifth Ashes Test at Kennington Oval. They have replaced Jason Roy and Craig Overton with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes.

The Three Lions can only level the series now as they trail the Aussies 2-1 going into the final match of the series. However, they will be raring to go for the final time and ensure that they don’t lose the series. In an effort to change the balance of the side, they have dropped a proper batsman and a proper bowler and replaced them with a couple of bowling all-rounders.

England’s premier opener in the limited-overs format Jason Roy has run out of opportunities after failing to score prominently in the last four games. He scored just 110 runs in 8 innings with a highest score of just 31. Overton played just one match and has not been able to keep his place.

Looking at the entire Ashes series, it has not been great for batsmen who do not have the name ‘Steve Smith’. Therefore, England have decided to bring in some support with the bat. Curran and Woakes can provide the support as they have proved themselves with the bat previously.

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.

The match starts from Thursday (12 September) at the Kennington Oval in London.


By Sameer Deodhar - 11 Sep, 2019

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