England drops Roy for 5th Ashes test, Stokes won't bowl

England's Jason Roy, returns to the pavilion after being dismissed during day five of the fourth Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

LONDON (AP) — England dropped batsman Jason Roy for the fifth Ashes test against Australia on Wednesday.

Roy failed to impress in the first four matches of the series, which Australia leads 2-1 and will retain the urn.

The final test starts Thursday at The Oval.

England seamer Craig Overton was also dropped. Sam Curran and Chris Woakes, who made way for Overton in the last match at Old Trafford, will take the places of Roy and Overton, respectively.

The England and Wales Cricket Board also said Ben Stokes will bat but not bowl in the match because of a shoulder injury.

England captain Joe Root said Roy had missed out because of Stokes' injury.

"(We) had to change the balance of the side, and Jason's the unfortunate one to miss out," Root said.

Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh replaced Travis Head.

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