England drop Roy and Overton

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Craig Overton has also been left out for the clash at the Oval, with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes, who made way for Overton at Old Trafford, taking their places.

Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Rory Burns, Jack Leach, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Woakes. All-rounder Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman due to a shoulder injury. He replaces Travis Head.

The one-day specialist was the latest attempt to solve England's opening woes but the gamble has not paid off and he has managed only 110 runs in eight innings with a top score of 31 at Old Trafford when he dropped down the order.

Head coach Trevor Bayliss has defended England's selections during the Ashes series and insists captain Joe Root is "under no pressure at all" despite the side's failure to regain the urn. It is important we win this game and have a really strong winter and move forward as a group.

"We have not lost anything yet".

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

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"I know the direction I want to take this team", Root said. "Keep trying to improve my skills with the ball, work hard at my batting, and try to find every possible thing to help me stay fit". He averages under 20 after three Test innings.

The Yorkshireman was phlegmatic about the effect of captaincy on his form after a poor series by his standards, saying batting had been tough for both sides. Of course, I've not performed as I would have liked but that's part and parcel of Test cricket, ' he added.

Despite retaining the Ashes, Australia skipper Tim Paine described the Oval test as a grand final.

"We've already spoken a lot about it (the final Test)", Paine said Wednesday on the eve of the match. "You might see some changes through the winter but a few of the guys looked like they were trying to do the right things and really gutsed it out on that last day [at Old Trafford] so we've made a decision to give them another opportunity".

"Last week's result was brilliant and we played very well but all the guys are fully aware that this Test match is bigger than that one". Explaining the selection of Marsh, he said: "Bringing in Marsh will ease a little bit of the workload on the bowlers at the end of a long series".

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