Steve Smith to seal the outright Ashes win?

While stating the reason for Mitchell Marsh's inclusion skipper Tim Paine said they felt the need for an extra bowler

While stating the reason for Mitchell Marsh's inclusion skipper Tim Paine said they felt the need for an extra bowler

Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith of Australia celebrate with team mates while singing the team song on the pitch after Australia claimed victory to retain the Ashes at Old Trafford in Manchester.

The final test at the Oval in London begins on Thursday local time.

Root, who also presided over England's 4-0 defeat in Australia in 2017-18, has hit 6,965 runs in 85 Tests for England since his debut in December 2012.

The bookmakers, however, aren't entirely convinced they can do it. Australia remain the slender favourites to close out the match and hence the series - they are 21/20 to do just that, against England's more generous (though hardly compelling) price of 6/4. "He's played well when he's got starts and I don't see too many problems".

"He's had a huge World Cup, he had a huge IPL".

"I said to my wife before I came over, I'd love to win at least one of the trophies".

"But I am looking forward to getting home".

Australia coach Justin Langer insisted Smith was instead mimicking his country's former opener Chris Rogers.

Australia have retained the Ashes, England's second objective of their glorious World-Cup-winning summer has eluded them, and all that remains is a fifth Test at The Oval where a significant measure of pride can be upheld, if not any tangible rewards.

Bayliss, however, has dismissed that as "fake news, like Donald Trump says". "No one has mentioned it or spoken about it".

"Experience tells me that when you're doing well, people will try and pick holes in you", said Langer. "I was there, I know the truth, they were talking about Chris Rogers who was here four years ago and that is actually the truth. It's all talk from you guys (the media)". "People can make up what they like about it, but that's the truth".