Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
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England change 2 for final Ashes Test at the Oval

England change 2 for final Ashes Test at the Oval

Seamer Overton was recalled to the England side for the Old Trafford Test but finished with match figures of 2-107.

Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman due to a shoulder injury.

The home side, set a huge second-innings target of 383 to win, were bowled out for 197, putting Australia 2-1 up in the five-Test series ahead of next week's finale at the Oval. People can make of it what they like, we can't do anything about what people make of it.

England squad: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes. It has lifted his career Test average to 64.81 and has been the kind of performance that has drawn comparisons with Don Bradman, who is widely regarded as cricket's greatest batsman.

The one-day star has failed to impress in the first four matches of the series, either as an opener or when he dropped down the order last time out at Old Trafford, where he made a top score of 31.

Australia coach Justin Langer also hailed Smith, who tops the global Test batting rankings after returning from a 12-month ball-tampering ban.

Tim Paine, with former captain Steve Waugh as mentor, is hoping to become the first Australian skipper to win an Ashes series on English soil since 2001.


"Experience tells me, when you're doing well people try and pick holes in you", Langer told reporters.

"You've got to keep trying to find ways of counter-acting hard passages of play and good bowling".

"We've not lost anything yet", he said.

Australia retained the Ashes in Manchester a couple of days ago and the visitors celebrated the moment to the hilt later. "I know he's got some strong goals for this series and moving forward".

"He'll be fine. I've said throughout the whole series if Davey has one good innings he'll help us win the Ashes".

"He sent me that pic, I woke up to that pic this morning, saying he'd done it in honour of me", Rogers said on The Grade Cricketer podcast.

"James Pattinson is someone who we've been really pleased with what he's done in his return to Test cricket over here, he's bowling very, very well", Paine said.

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