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Head began the series with a half-century at Edgbaston but hasn’t registered another. @ AFPcr

Australia have dropped out-of-form Travis Head for the final Ashes 2019 Test at The Oval that gets underway on Thursday, while Mitchell Marsh has been recalled to the 12-member squad.

Captain Tim Paine confirmed Head was the only omission with fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood still part of a 12-man squad for the final match.

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Paine said the huge bowling workload for the fast bowlers was the reason behind Head’s omission. “The reason Travis isn’t playing is because we felt like we needed a bit more bowing at the end of a long series,” he said.

“Bringing in Mitchell will ease a bit of the load on the fast bowlers. We’ve been really clear with Travis why he’s not playing this game … we want to get the make-up right to win this Test match. It was a tough call for Travis but he’s a big part of our future. There’s no doubt he’s in the top six or seven for our country.”

Head began the series with a half-century at Edgbaston but hasn’t registered another. He finishes the Ashes series with 191 runs at an average of 27.28. “The reason Travis isn’t playing is because we felt we needed extra bowling after a long series,” Paine explained.

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“We want to get the make-up right for this Test and unfortunately Travis misses out. He’s disappointed he’s not playing. No doubt he’s in the top six or seven batsmen in this country.”

Opener David Warner, who has been terribly out of form scoring just 79 runs in all the four Tests, has been given another chance to get back into the groove. James Pattinson remains on the sidelines with either one of Cummins, Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle to be left out.

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Meanwhile, Australia retained the Ashes after last week’s win at Old Trafford and the tourists are determined to seal a series win which will be their first in England in 18 years.

Australia XII: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (captain and wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood