Bob Willis believes England should drop Jason Roy and Craig Overton for the final Ashes Test after Australia retained the urn with victory at Old Trafford.
England levelled the series at 1-1 after their extraordinary victory at Headingley last week but were outplayed by Australia in Manchester, slipping to a 185-run defeat.
The Aussies, who wrapped up the win with 13.3 overs remaining on the final day, will take the urn back Down Under regardless of the outcome of the final Test.
However, England can still draw the series and Willis says Roy and Overton should make way for Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes at The Oval.
He told Sky Sports: ‘The selectors have few options, they’re going more with luck than judgement if they pluck someone because there’s not been any first-class cricket recently.
‘I don’t think it’s the time to look to the future. After today’s effort most of the guys deserve another chance. England’s batting is brittle, but so is Australia’s.
‘Jason Roy is not a Test match batsman. His last three dismissals have all been exactly the same. Good players don’t get castled like that over and over again.
‘I would drop Roy and bring Ollie Pope in. He can slot into the middle order and Ben Stokes can bat at No. 4 if needs be.
‘Pope has shown he has an excellent temperament, I like the look of him.’
Willis would stick with Kent’s Joe Denly, who has made two fifties in his last three innings after a poor start to the series, but believes Overton should miss out in the series finale.
He added: ‘You stick with Denly, he was handed a poisoned chalice after Roy’s demotion, but he battled manfully today.
‘Although Overton also batted well, he’s in the side as a bowler and he didn’t look threatening. I’m not sure why he got the nod over Woakes. I expect Woakes to come back at The Oval.’
Like Willis, former England international Dominic Cork does not expect to see wholesale changes for the final Test but would keep faith in struggling batsman Roy.
He said: ‘I think they will keep the same squad. I can’t see any changes unless they bring a young batsman in, looking ahead to the winter.
‘I would give Roy another go. I want to see him come in with slightly less pressure, maybe at No. 5.
‘He looks unbalanced. Technically at the moment he’s all over the place but he will probably get another go.’
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