England change 2 for final Ashes Test at the Oval

Ross Houston
September 11, 2019

The obvious conclusion was that he was unkindly parodying England's Jack Leach, though Australia coach Langer insists Smith was mimicking Chris Rogers - who last played for Australia in 2015.

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

Meanwhile, with an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series, Australia have retained the Ashes after the victory at Old Trafford. That's OK, that's life. "People can make up what they like about it, but that's the truth".

"Everyone in this room, around the world, has seen the great spirit the World Cup and this series is played in".

"It's more of a laugh than anything because we know some stories about what has gone on in the past", Siddle told SEN SA Breakfast.

"He's been great, good for the crowds, good amongst the group".

The rationale for Marsh's inclusion at the expense of Head is to ensure Australia's quicks aren't burnt out heading into a long home summer.

"He's not come under question from anyone making any decisions", Bayliss said.

"When you're known as a cheat - and he is, I'm not going to sugar-coat it, the three guys cheated - that's on your CV".

England have made two changes to the side for the fifth Ashes Test starting at the Oval on Thursday, with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes replacing Jason Roy and Craig Overton.

The tourists are set to continue with David Warner at opener, even though he has only reached double figures once in eight innings.

"He hasn't got the runs he wants at the moment but jeez I'm looking forward to seeing it when he does, and there's no better place in the world to bat than The Oval", Langer added. Former batsman Marcus Trescothick confirmed he had sucked on mints to illegally shine the ball during the 2005 Ashes, while former skipper Mike Atherton used dirt from his pocket to scuff the ball in a Lord's Test against South Africa in 1994.

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