Ben Stokes faces a bowling exercise evaluation since England named an unchanged 13-man squad to the last Ashes match at The Oval.
Even the all-rounder bowled just 10.5 overs in Australia’s first innings at Old Trafford before being forced off the area with right shoulder soreness and did not bowl for the remainder of the Test.
In case Stokes is unable to bowl, then he is expected to perform in the fifth Test for a specialist batsman and England will turn into one of the two bowling all-rounders from the squad which missed out at Manchester, with Sam Curran or Chris Woakes coming from.
Among those top-order batsmen would probably miss out in that case with captain Joe Root and also head coach Trevor Bayliss deciding about the make-up of this side following any choice.
England fell to a defeat at Old Trafford since Australia kept the urn and head to their international match that was red-ball monitoring the series 2-1.
The hosts can draw the string and Root called on his side to flip up for the last Test of the show in London with Test Championship points still available.
Regardless of England’s batsmen having struggled throughout the series, with Joe Denly having amazed following his promotion into the peak of the order in Manchester, the top-order appears set to stay in place.
The 33-year-old made a battling 53 off 123 balls because the hosts fought to rescue Test and is one of 3 batsmen to make more than 1 half-century in the set.
Jason Roy’s move down to No 4 brought him his highest score in Test cricket as he fought to 31 off 67 balls in the second innings at Old Trafford.
Watch day among the fifth and final Ashes Test, at The Oval, live from 10am on Thursday on Sky Sports The Ashes, September 12.
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