He was great at the World Cup. His prize was awarded to Jason Roy in England’s Test squad. But it didn’t take long for the difference between the white ball and the red ball to open. Roy was dropped from the last Test XI in the Ashes in the series.
Pacer Craig Overton has lost the XI spot in the Oval Test against Australia, with his opener. In their place, England’s team management has given Sam Curran and Chris Oakes a chance. Karan is set to play his first match in the Ashes this year.
England in the fifth Ashes Test XI:
Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Johnny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Butler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris Oakes.
Roy played a key role in England’s first World Cup win. English cricket fans were expecting a lot from him in the Test openings. But in the Ashes 5 innings, he scored only 3 runs, where he was the highest.
He was dropped to number four in the fourth Test in Manchester after a series of failures. Changes in position but no change in performance. Roy was not in the XI for the Oval Test this time.
Overton, on the other hand, got the chance in the Ashes through the Manchester Test. But he could not bowl, his victim 2 wickets by 5 runs. So Chris Oaks, who was dropped, is brought back to XI.
Australia has made sure to hold the Ashes before they land at the Oval. Opportunity in England is just stopping the rate. Australia is 2-0 ahead of the start of the last Test. The Oval Test begins tomorrow (Thursday). BBC
Meanwhile, Sam Curran is in the XI with the Oval Test even though he is in the Ashes squad. Ben Stokes will not be able to make the ball in the last Test as he is unable to get a shoulder injury. So Karan has been named as an extra bowler in the XI.