Ashes 2019: England call up Chris Woakes and Sam Curran for 5th Test, Jason Roy dropped

Roy's omission is no great surprise as he has struggled throughout the series having started it as an opening batsman.
Ashes 2019: England call up Chris Woakes and Sam Curran for 5th Test, Jason Roy droppedEngland will now be looking to avoid a first series loss against Australia at home in Tests since 2001. (Photo: Getty)
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England has dropped the struggling Jason Roy and Craig Overton in favour of all-rounders Chris Woakes and Sam Curran for the fifth and final Ashes Test that will start on Thursday at The Oval.

The England and Wales Cricket Board also stated in its release that Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman due to a shoulder injury.

Roy's omission is no great surprise as he has struggled throughout the series having started it as an opening batsman. He has scored 110 runs in eight innings with a top score of 31 at Old Trafford when he dropped down the order.

"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 at a press conference.

"With that we've had to change the balance of the side, and Jason's the unfortunate one to miss out. 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."

Ben Stokes will play as a batsman only after injuring his shoulder at Old Trafford. "He might be able to bowl a couple of overs here and there, but his batting, as this series has shown, is a massive part of our side and he rightly deserves to be in this team as just a batter, and a top-four batter," Root said.

Woakes was part of the England squad that played in the first three matches of the series while the 21-year-old Curran will be making his Ashes debut.

Australia have retained the Ashes by winning the fourth Test at Old Trafford to take a 2-1 lead in the series. England will now be looking to avoid a first series loss against Australia at home in Tests since 2001.

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