England surely have to come out of the massive and shattering 185-run defeat conceded at the hands of Australia in the fourth Ashes 2019 Test match in Manchester. Although, the hosts have failed to win back the prestigious Urn for the first time in 18 years on their home soil, there is still lot to play for and they can surely draw the series.
England have made a couple of changes to their playing XI for the fifth and final Test starting later in the day at the Kennington Oval. Out-of-form Jason Roy has finally been axed from the team after failing to find some form in the series. He has failed consistently in this Ashes series and more importantly, it is his technique which has come under the scanner.
In Roy’s absence and considering the big factor that Ben Stokes will not be bowling in this match, England have strengthened their bowling contingent by including the likes of Chris Woakes and Sam Curran. Craig Overton who was included in the Manchester Test has been dropped after an average performance. Curran will be playing his first-ever Ashes game after having impressed in the last summer against India.
England’s Playing XI for the fifth 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.