England drop Jason Roy for final Ashes Test

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Of course, we are disappointed not to win the Ashes back but we are fully focused to finish the series 2-2.

"After three Tests in this series, either team could have been up 3-0 I thought".

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.

If Stokes is unfit to bowl in London, he is expected to play as a specialist batsman, meaning either Sam Curran or Chris Woakes would come into the side and one of the struggling batsmen would make way, perhaps Jason Roy.

Australia, who retained the Ashes by taking a 2-1 series lead in Manchester, make one change with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh coming in to bolster the bowling attack.

England have batting problems of their own, while Joe Root's captaincy has been questioned by those outside of the national set-up.

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"I know what direction I want to take this team forward".

If he doesn't, however, there isn't much that will then be stopping the Australians from securing their first away Ashes series win since 2001.

'We've not lost anything yet.

"Their major aim over the last four years had been winning the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 at home, and having done that, Anderson wants them to "give equal attention" to both red-ball and white-ball cricket now". Of course, I've not performed as I would have liked but that's part and parcel of Test cricket, ' he added. "He's not really given many chances and we feel on a number of occasions in the first 20 balls we've beaten the bat a lot and it could have been very different but he's managed to ride that out well and when he's got in he's made it really count".

"Their bowlers have just been pretty relentless - so consistent in the areas they've bowled", said the England pacer. "As a group last week's result was brilliant and we played very well but the guys are aware this match is bigger than that one, this is our grand final".

Peter Siddle, who played the first two tests, has been retained in a 12-man squad and could be recalled in place of the world's top-ranked bowler Cummins or an in-form Hazlewood.

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