England make a surprising move going into the final test match of the Ashes 2019 unchanged. After the loss at Old Trafford, England have made sure they will not be bringing the Ashes home. But they still have the ICC World Test Championship to play for and keeping this in mind, a few changes in their squad were expected.
They stuck with the likes of Jason Roy, who has been largely unimpressive after coming into the Test squad on the back of a good World Cup. Wicket-keepers Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler were also under the scanner after a run of games without any major contributions.
Ollie Pope, who has recently scored a double century in first class cricket might have been expecting another chance for England, but England opted to go with the same squad.
England captain Joe Root talked about the World Test Championship points to play for at Oval.
“I know the Ashes are not coming back but in terms of the Test Championship at the end of the two year cycle those points could be crucial,” he said after the defeat in Manchester.
“You never want to lose an Ashes series. Every game against Australia matters.
“Turning up at the Oval and putting in a strong performance to win the game is crucial for this group.”
“At times we have not been at our absolute best. We have played a very good side that has performed well in these conditions. Look at the Test matches and there have been times when one guy has made a difference and that has probably cost us the urn this time around.”
England squad for the final test match of The Ashes 2019:
England squad: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Chris Woakes.