Ashes captains on Joe Root's role and the fifth and final Test

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Craig Overton has also been left out for the clash at the Oval, with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes, who made way for Overton at Old Trafford, taking their places.

Going into tomorrow's final Test, Australia already hold an unassailable 2-1 lead. He donned glasses and was spotted shadow-batting left-handed, a jibe the locals felt was aimed at England tailender Jack Leach.

Some fans and pundits came to the conclusion that Smith was unkindly parodying the glasses-wearing Leach.

Harmison, who played 63 tests but is best remembered for delivering a wide ball with the first delivery of the 2006-07 Ashes series in Australia, insisted that no matter what Smith achieved, he would forever be linked to the ball-tampering scandal.

"That's okay. That's life - I was there, I know the truth, they were talking about Chris Rogers who was here four years ago and that's actually the truth of it". "We think he's had a fantastic start, he's played 10 Tests and has a very healthy average but we want to get the make-up right to win this Test match and unfortunately we had to make a really tough call on someone, and it happened to be Travis".

"I'd say after spending that much time in the middle and the emotions of the last game - sometimes with batters it's more a mental rest than anything else", Langer said. There's been great spirit throughout... "People can make up what they like about it, but that's the truth".

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As a member of one of Australia's greatest Test teams in the 1990s and 2000s, Langer experienced many victory parties and he joked the current generation's celebration was not especially impressive.

"When you have a good day you have to celebrate it as long as you move on and get ready for the next one".

Speaking to media on the eve of the fifth Test, Australian skipper Tim Paine said he felt for his vice-captain.

England coach Trevor Bayliss also played down the controversy. "No one has mentioned it or spoken about it".

England have dropped batsman Jason Roy for the fifth and final Test against Australia starting at The Oval on Thursday as they try to level the series after failing to claim the Ashes.

The tourists are set to continue with David Warner at opener, even though he has only reached double figures once in eight innings. I don't know why people are getting so offended.

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