England have dropped Jason Roy for the fifth Ashes Test against Australia.
The one-day star has failed to impress in the first four matches of the series, either as an opener or when he dropped down the order last time out at Old Trafford, where he made a top score of 31.
Craig Overton has also been left out for the clash at the Oval, with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes, who made way for Overton at Old Trafford, taking their places.
The England and Wales cricket Board also confirmed Ben Stokes would not bowl in the match, which gets under way on Thursday, due to a shoulder injury, and will play as a specialist batsman.
England need a victory at the Oval to draw the series, although Australia have already retained the Ashes.
Root said that Roy had missed out due to Stokes’ injury, which meant the side needed re-balancing.
“It’s always tough to leave guys out, but Stokesy obviously picked up a shoulder injury in the last game and won’t be able to bowl the overs we normally expect him to,” Root said at a press conference.
“With that we’ve had to change the balance of the side, and Jason’s the unfortunate one to miss out.
“Jason’s had an opportunity to come in and play Test cricket, get a feel for it and it’s not quite gone how he would have liked.
“But I’m sure he’ll go away and work extremely hard and come back again.
“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.”
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Sri Lanka have named their ODI and T20 squads for the upcoming tour of Pakistan with Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka named as the two respective skippers.
It follows from 10 senior Sri Lanka players including T20 and ODI skippers Lasith Malinga and Dimuth Karunaratne pulling out of the tour recently after citing security concerns.
The islanders are slated to play three ODIs first up at Karachi as part of their Pakistan tour before they move on Lahore for a three-match T20 series. The tour had been announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after a two-man delegation from Sri Lanka Cricket assessed the security conditions in a visit of the county last month.
The PCB were hoping to use the successful hosting of the limited-overs clashes against Sri Lanka as a precursor to bringing back Test cricket to Pakistan but the refusal of the 10 players to travel will count as a setback.
Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan gets underway on September 27 with the first of the three ODIs at Karachi and will culminate with the final T20 at Lahore which takes place on October 9.
Sri Lanka have recalled batsman Danushka Gunathilaka and spinner Lakshan Sandakan after omitting them from the squad for the recent home series against Bangladesh. Minod Banuka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa are the two uncapped players selected for the tour with the former picked for both squads while the latter has been called up for the T20s.
Sri Lanka ODI Squad
Lahiru Thirimanne (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka, Angelo Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.
Sri Lanka T20 Squad
Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Madushanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.
1st ODI – Karachi, September 27
2nd ODI – Karachi, September 29
3rd ODI – Karachi, October 2
1st T20 – Lahore, October 5
2nd T20 – Lahore, October 7
3rd T20 – Lahore, October 9
It has been quite the comeback story for Tim Paine ever since the wicketkeeper batsman made his Australia return after a gap of seven years in the 2017-18 Ashes series Down Under.
Since then, the Tasmanian has ascended to the Australia Test captaincy in the most unexpected of manners following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year and he now stands on the verge of leading the visitors to their first Ashes series win on English soil since 2001.
At 34, Paine is at the tail-end of his playing career but the wicketkeeper batsman is in no mood to retire any time soon after picking up a second wind.
“Not for me, not at the moment,” Paine replied when asked if he would consider retiring after the final Ashes Test against England which begins at the Oval on Thursday.
“I’m loving doing what I’m doing, and I think while you’ve got a job that you love you try and do it for as long as you can. I did miss a lot, I suppose, in the prime years of my cricket career.
“The positive of that now is that physically I’m in really good condition for my age, and feel really good after Test matches physically. Mentally, it’s a different story but it only takes a day to recover from that.
“While I keep enjoying it, I’ll keep doing it.”
The ongoing Ashes series has kick-started the inaugural ICC World Test Championship which will culminate after a two-year cycle with the top two teams battling it out in a one-off match at Lord’s in 2021. Paine would be 36 by the time that final comes around but the Australian is hesitant to mark it down as his future retirement date.
“I haven’t thought about it to be honest,” Paine said when asked if he would consider the end of the two-year cycle as a potential retirement point.
“I haven’t thought much past this Test match, as I’ve said in the last 18 months, I think it’s foolish at my age if you do. I’m enjoying what I’m doing and whilst I can continue to contribute in some way, I’ll continue to do it.
“I constantly talk to JL (Justin Langer) and Trevor Hohns (Australia selection chief) about what might happen or how long I might go on for, but I think we’re all comfortable and we’re all on the same page.”
Paine and his men have already retained the urn on English soil after a gap of 18 years but the Australia skipper is determined to finish with an outright series win.
“We came here to win the Ashes. We didn’t come here to retain them,” Paine stated.