Joe Root dismisses concerns that England captaincy is affecting his batting

England drop Roy and Overton

England drop Roy and Overton

The fifth and the final Ashes Test is slated to start from September 12 at Kennington Oval, London. "Of course, we're disappointed not to win the Ashes back but we're fully focused on making sure that we do everything we can to finish the series 2-2".

Jason Roy became the first casualty of Root's new broom when ditched to accommodate Ben Stokes who can play here as a batsman only (at four) on account of a shoulder injury.

Craig Overton also misses out with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes coming in to beef up the all-round options. Batting first for the first time in the series, Stafanie Taylor's side was bundled out for 180 in 50 overs - a marginally better effort than their previous two outings - which Australia overcame in just the 32nd over through half-centuries to Alyssa Healy (61) and Meg Lanning (58 not out).

To stand any chance of levelling the series, the World Cup winners will have to find a way to solve the riddle of the immovable Smith, who has scored 671 runs in just five innings at an astonishing average of more than 134.

"That's what you expect of guys when they get left out and I'm sure he'll have that attitude and will want to try and prove a point and get himself back into the side".

"When we lose at home it's because the pitches have been too flat and have not assisted our bowlers".

While the Ashes have been retained, captain Tim Paine said the ambition is to win the series and, for that reason, the last Test is a like a "grand final" for the tourists. But Trevor has transformed how we look at the white-ball game and been part of some very special Test wins.

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Smith is banned from leadership roles until March because of his involvement in a Cape Town ball-tampering scandal past year but he is tipped by some former players and leading cricket writers to regain the captaincy from wicketkeeper Paine after his batting heroics in England.

But he said he knew the direction in which he wanted to take the team and was already looking forward to trying to win the Ashes in Australia in 2021/22.

Australia coach Justin Langer, revelling in having the world's top-ranked batsman and bowler at his disposal, is urging the other batsmen to step up in the match starting on Thursday (today), even though he admits they lack experience.

"In terms of personnel, things might change, as they have done for a while", he said.

"Sometimes you get outplayed and we've had some challenges across the summer".

AUSTRALIA (from): Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle.

ENGLAND: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad.

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