Australia drop selection bombshell ahead of final Ashes Test

Ross Houston
September 12, 2019

He, however, quashed suggestion that the captaincy is negatively affecting his primary role with the bat.

Captain Joe Root said England's year could still be judged a success even if they fail to level the Ashes series against Australia by winning the final Test at the Oval.

'It has been a tough year for batting. "He's been a part of some very special wins in Test match cricket, series home and away which he should be extremely proud of as a coach and the way he's transformed white-ball cricket and been a part of that journey is incredible", said Root.

"You've got to keep trying to find ways of counter-acting hard passages of play and good bowling". And Root paid tribute to outgoing coach Trevor Bayliss, who is returning to Australia after four years at the helm. "That is what you expect of guys when they get left out and I'm sure he will have that attitude and want to try and prove a point and get himself back into the side". "He's under no pressure at all".

England have made two alterations to the side that went down fighting at Old Trafford last week, with Jason Roy and Craig Overton axed in favour of Sam Curran and Chris Woakes.

As the Ashes draws to a conclusion it's time to pick your combined England and Australia team.

Australia's former captain has compiled a mountain of 671 runs at 134.2 this series, and needs 99 runs in the final Test to make it the most prolific series of his life.

"We need to celebrate what Trevor has done throughout his tenure and as players we need to send him off with a real big bang", said Root. They won the 2017-18 Ashes series and the tourists lead the current series 2-1. It is important we win this game and have a really strong winter and move forward as a group.

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