Bopara told to Trott on as Jonathan steps in for decider
England have named their squad for the fifth and final Ashes Test and unsurprisingly there's no place for the woefully out of form Ravi Bopara.
The Essex batsman has had a shocker so far this series averaging only 15 from seven innings and it's a miracle he's managed to survive as long as has done, but finally the selectors have seen sense and ditched the number three; opting to give a debut to Warwickshire ace Jonathan Trott.
All the media speculation had been on Mark Ramprakash making a sensational return on his home ground The Oval.
The Surrey run-machine has been the outstanding batsman in the domestic game for the last few seasons now and once again his average is over 100 for the 2009 campaign; he has scored five centuries so far and hit a mammoth 274 at the start of the month against Leicestershire, perhaps his time on the international stage has gone now after quite a few false dawns but it would've been a brilliant story if he'd have come in and helped win The Ashes after seven years out of an England shirt.
Rob Key was another name mentioned with a return to the Test scene and the Kent captain did his chances no harm at all with a knock of 90 in the 1st innings of their recent County Championship win over Northamptonshire - but, much like Ramprakash, Key hasn't been able to reproduce his county form for his country save for a double century scored against the West Indies five years ago.
So Trott it is that gets the nod and while it might be a massive game to come in for your Test debut, the South African-born batsman has been on great form for Warwickshire this year and between he and Bell they have scored 1784 runs and have been largely responsible for most of their counties' 43 batting points - not bad for a team that has more chance of getting relegated than winning the title.
Bell has kept his place in the squad despite performing below par in the last Test, he did however score a century as well as Trott in Warwickshire's most recent County Championship game in front of the selectors.
Here is the squad in full:
Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alistair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Matt Prior, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott