England make two changes to team for final Ashes Test with Jason Roy dropped

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Jason Roy has been dropped from England’s team for the final Ashes Test against Australia.

England cannot win the Ashes as they head to the Oval 2-1 down for the final Test.

Roy began the series as opener though dropped down to No 4 in the fourth Test following a run of poor scores.

And while the Surrey batsman looked more settled in the middle order, it was not enough to save his place.

He averaged just 13.75 this series having made his Test debut against Ireland prior to the Ashes.

Craig Overton will also miss out at the Oval with Chris Woakes and Sam Curran coming into the Three Lions side.

Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman due to a shoulder injury and is expected to bat at four.

“It would be a risk to take (Stokes) into the game as fourth seamer,” England captain Joe Root said.

“He might’ve been able to bowl a couple of overs here or there.

“His batting is a massive part of this side and rightly deserves to be in the team as a top four batter.

“(Roy) is very aware of where he’s at and what he needs to do to have success at this level.”

For Australia, it’s a chance to win an Ashes series in England outright for the first time since 2001.

They lead 2-1 largely thanks to the brilliance of batsman Steve Smith. He has scored three centuries in just five innings having suffered a concussion.

The Australian bowling attack has also fired, proving too much for England’s fragile batting.

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

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