Curran, Woakes return for England, Mitchell Marsh for Australia

The selectors looked to strengthen the bowling line-up drafting in the left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran

The selectors looked to strengthen the bowling line-up drafting in the left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran

Roy began the series as opener though dropped down to No 4 in the fourth Test following a run of poor scores.

Joe Root must inspire his troops to one last effort after a gruelling season in which England became world champions in the 50-over format for the first time. "We came here to win the Ashes, not just to retain them".

Selectors are yet to make a call on whether Pat Cummins or Josh Hazlewood will be rested from the series finale, which starts on Thursday.

Mitchell Marsh has been challenged to reach Ben Stokes' standards of fitness and durability ahead of his latest chance to secure a place in the Australian Test team, in the afterglow of Ashes retention at Old Trafford.

Root admitted after his team's loss at Old Trafford, which resulted in Australia taking a 2-1 series lead to retain the urn, that Smith had been the difference between the teams.

Two months since they won their maiden World Cup in the 50 overs, England cricket is under an huge pressure to save the Ashes at home.

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

"I know the direction I want to take this team", Root said.

'We've not lost anything yet. It is important we win this game and have a really strong winter and move forward as a group. "Keep trying to improve my skills with the ball, work hard at my batting, and try to find every possible thing to help me stay fit".

"Their major aim over the last four years had been winning the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 at home, and having done that, Anderson wants them to "give equal attention" to both red-ball and white-ball cricket now".

Australia players attend a net session at The Oval on Tuesday.

"We are very hungry, we have already spoken a lot about it", he told reporters on Wednesday.

"You've still got to perform whether you're young or you're a veteran, but we also have to recognise they are young batsmen and it's a really tough school and hopefully they'll come through at some point".

"(Roy) is very aware of where he's at and what he needs to do to have success at this level".

There have been great finales to individual careers at the end of an Oval Test, like the farewell of Don Bradman in 1948 and Alastair Cook last summer.