England drop Jason Roy for final Ashes Test

Trevor Bayliss insists he has been happy with England's selections during the Ashes

Trevor Bayliss insists he has been happy with England's selections during the Ashes

Although he did show some grit to fight it out on the final day of the Old Trafford Test, the fact that all-rounder Ben Stokes won't be available to bowl due to a shoulder injury seems to have gone against him as the selectors looked to strengthen the bowling line-up, drafting in the left-arm swing bowler, Sam Curran.

England have made two changes with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes replacing Jason Roy and Craig Overton.

Smith has scored 671 runs at 134.2 this series, a fair return given he missed out on three innings because of a delayed concussion, to ensure comparisons with Bradman have come thick and fast. Of course, I've not performed as I would have liked but that's part and parcel of Test cricket.

He was seen wearing and rubbing a pair of glasses before shadow batting left-handed after Australia's victory in the fourth Test, but Australia say Steve Smith's post-match celebration at Old Trafford was poking fun at Chris Rogers, not Jack Leach.

England are trying to avoid a home series defeat by Australia for the first time since 2001.

0:34                                            James Anderson says that Test captain Joe Root must share the 'same vision' as the next England head coach
0:34 James Anderson says that Test captain Joe Root must share the 'same vision' as the next England head coach

"I'm sure he'll have that attitude and try and prove a point", England captain Joe Root told a news conference on Wednesday.

"We have not lost anything yet. I want to win this game, use this game as a stepping stone and move forward as a group". Of course, we are disappointed not to win the Ashes back but we are fully focused to finish the series 2-2. I don't know why people are getting so offended.

"He sent me that pic, I woke up to that pic this morning, saying he'd done it in honour of me", Rogers said on The Grade Cricketer podcast.

Speaking to media on the eve of the fifth Test, Australian skipper Tim Paine said he felt for his vice-captain. They should've won the series by now only to rue the fact of not being able to close the game at the Headingley with Ben Stokes and Jack Leach denying the visitors with a heroic last-wicket stand in an epic chase.

Australia retained the Ashes in Manchester a couple of days ago and the visitors celebrated the moment to the hilt later. 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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