Jason Roy moved from opener to bat at four at Old Trafford in a bid to help him find form

Jason Roy and Craig Overton have been dropped from the England team for the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval, with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes coming in.

Ben Stokes, unfit to bowl because of a shoulder injury, will play as a specialist batsman.

Batsman Roy has been omitted after scoring only 110 runs in eight Ashes innings, with a highest score of 31.

Australia have retained the Ashes after victory at Old Trafford gave them an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series.

Seamer Overton was recalled to the England side for the Old Trafford Test but finished with match figures of 2-107.

Surrey all-rounder Curran has impressed with the bat in his previous 10 Tests for England.

The 21-year-old also offers a different option for England’s bowling attack with his left-arm medium pace.

England team for fifth Ashes Test: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

More to follow.

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