England's selectors have decided to put off ringing the changes until the winter, as Australia aim to keep their winning run going in this week's fifth Ashes Test at the Oval. Max Liu reports...
"Australia go to the Oval looking to make it 3-1 - an outcomes that's trading at [2.04] on the Exchange."
Australia are [1.57] to win the Ashes series after England named an unchanged squad for the fifth and final Test. The tourists lead the series 2-1, following victory in the fourth Test at the weekend, and England's team announcement comes as a surprise as their selectors were expected to make at least a couple of changes for the match at the Oval which begins on Thursday.
Dominic Sibley of Warwickshire and Kent's Zak Crawley have reportedly impressed England's selectors with their batting for their counties and it had been thought they could come in to shake up the batting - a repeated problem for England throughout the series. Ben Foakes was said to be in contention to come in as wicket-keeper. Surrey's Ollie Pope, meanwhile, will have to keep waiting for a recall.
All could be involved in England's winter tour to New Zealand but, for now, the selectors are going with the tried and tested, as they try to deny Australia the first outright series win on English soil since 2001.
Australia favourites to win fifth Test
Ben Stokes said after the third Test that his match-winning heroics at Headingley would mean nothing if England failed at Old Trafford in the fourth Test. So it proved, as Steve Smith scored a first innings 211 to fire the Aussies into a commanding position. He now has 671 runs in the four Test and is an unbackable shoo-in for top series batsman.
England's batsman simply couldn't compete and, in spite of some resilience at the crease as they tried to save the game, Australia retained the Ashes. Now they go to the Oval looking to make it 3-1 - an outcome that's trading at [2.04] on the Exchange.