Ashes 2019: Australia replace Travis Head with Mitchell Marsh for final Test

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Mitchell Marsh will play in the final Test against England.

Australia captain Tim Paine said the recall of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh in the side to face England at the Oval is a bid to look after his fast bowlers.

Paine revealed on the eve of the fifth Ashes Test that Marsh will take Travis Head’s place.

“They bowled a lot of overs and had a big workload on them,” Paine said on Wednesday.

“We want to be able to look after our fast bowlers. Mitchell Marsh had a couple of hundreds so he can do a job with the bat as well.

“We spoke a lot about needing to pick our attacks in England. We are going to have them fresh and ready to go for the home summer.

“The reason Travis is not playing is because we feel we need a bit of extra bowling at the end of the series and Mitch is an all-rounder.

“Travis has had a fantastic start but we want to get the make up right to win this Test match and we have to make a tough call on someone.”

Paine is “very hungry” to finish this Ashes series in England with another comprehensive victory.

“We have spoken a lot about it. We came here to win the Ashes, not just to retain it,” Paine said.

“Last week’s result was brilliant. We played very well. This Test is bigger than the last one. This is our grand final.”

When asked if he took pleasure from England captain Joe Root being put under pressure for his place, Paine added: “Not really, it has no effect on us.

“A week is a long time in cricket. Joe Root is a fantastic cricketer and I don’t get sometimes why he’s under so much scrutiny.

“We know how good he is and he will come hard and be looking to bounce back this week.”

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Ashes 2019: England drop Jason Roy and Craig Overton for final Test at the Oval

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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 announce ODI and T20 squads for upcoming tour of Pakistan

Waseem Ahmed 11/09/2019
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Thirimanne will lead the ODI team in Pakistan.

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.

FIXTURES

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

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