No England changes for final Ashes Test

Smith has so far amassed 617 runs in four Tests of the five-match series

Smith has been England's tormentor-in-chief in the ongoing Ashes series, which Australia have already retained after winning the fourth Test in Manchester on Sunday.

The Oval Test, which begins on Thursday, will be Trevor Bayliss' final assignment as England head coach. While Australia may have retained the Ashes with Warner taking a few stunners on the field, he has had a bit of a horror tour with the bat.

Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is averaging 20.57 in eight Test innings in 2019, while Buttler has a top score of 41 in eight Ashes innings.

A major cause of concern for England is the condition of their star all-rounder Ben Stokes who didn't bowl in Australia's second innings at Old Trafford following a shoulder injury sustained during his 11th over in the tourists' first innings.

"Jason Roy is not a test match batsman", Willis told Sky Sports.

Stokes is England's leading run-scorer with 354 but Australia's Steve Smith leads the way with 671 from three Tests.

A magnificent Ashes triumph in Old Blighty after 18 summers is exactly what Australian cricket needed to finally exorcise the ghosts of last year's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, feels Glenn McGrath.

England skipper Joe Root has three half-centuries to his name but also three ducks and former opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott questioned whether the captaincy has affected his batting in the series. Tim Paine's men won the match by 185 runs to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

"I don't know where it's going to stop but we are enjoying being along for the ride with him, that is for sure".

"I have come back fresh from a year out, but relaxed and chilled out".

In that case, England would look to bring in a bowling all-rounder from within the squad in either Sam Curran, who would be playing on his Surrey home ground, or Chris Woakes.



Other news