Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Ashes 2019: Pick your combined England-Australia team

England will look to end their disappointing Ashes campaign with a win and collect crucial World Test Championship points England will look to end their disappointing Ashes campaign with a win and collect crucial World Test Championship points
Shannon Reynolds | 12 September, 2019, 14:31

Out-going head coach Trevor Bayliss defended Root's captaincy on Wednesday, saying: "He's not come under question from anyone making any decisions". Which of the struggling openers will make your side?

Captain Joe Root said England's year could still be judged a success even if they fail to level the Ashes series against Australia by winning the final Test at the Oval.

'We've not lost anything yet.

Root, who revealed Jason Roy and Craig Overton had been axed in favour of Sam Curran and Chris Woakes, remained adamant he is the right man to lead England. His replacement, however, is not like-for-like with Sam Curran selected, in part to cover the overs lost as a outcome of Ben Stokes's injured shoulder.

That made his fellow all-rounder, Curran, a must-pick and forced an early end to the Roy experiment.

But when asked by Sky Sports if he feels the captaincy affects his batting, Root said: "No".

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Trevor Bayliss defends England's Ashes selections despite failure to regain the urn
Selectors are yet to make a call on whether Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood will be rested from the series finale, which starts on Thursday.

Four years on from the white-ball revolution which ended with World Cup glory Root is pinning his hopes to harnessing similar momentum back in Test cricket, most likely, building around a core of himself, Stokes, Rory Burns, Jonny Bairstow and Jofra Archer.

Watch the fifth and final Ashes Test live on Sky Sports The Ashes from 10am on Thursday and follow over-by-over commentary and in-play clips on skysports.com and the Sky Sports App. "I'll keep trying to work on that and try to improve my game".

He's often the public whipping boy for Test selection, and so it was again when Mitch Marsh was recalled to the Australian side for The Ashes finale. Captain Tim Paine has made it quite clear he is gunning for a 3-1 scoreline and is not happy to settle for less.

Australia will be looking to cap off the Ashes tour with a win after a successfully retaining the Ashes in Manchester.

'Last week's result was brilliant and we played very well but all the guys are fully aware that this Test is bigger. "This is our grand final".

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