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Trott to make England debut in Ashes finale

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  • Batsman Jonathan Trott will makes his England Test debut against Australia
  • Trott comes into the side for Oval decider in place of out-of-form Ravi Bopara
  • England need to win the fifth and final Test match to win Ashes from Australia
  • Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry equals highest individual one-day international score
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(CNN) -- Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott will make his England Test debut in the Ashes decider against Australia at The Oval next week after the selectors ignored calls for wholesale changes.

England batsman Trott will make his Test debut against Australia in the Ashes decider at The Oval.

England batsman Trott will make his Test debut against Australia in the Ashes decider at The Oval.

Trott, 28, has been retained in the 14-man party -- having been released from the squad for the Headingley Test match, where England suffered an innings defeat.

That result means England now have to win the fifth match of the series to regain the famous Ashes urn from their rivals Down Under.

The only alteration to the squad which was selected for the fourth Test is the recall of spinner Monty Panesar -- in place of out-of-form batsman Ravi Bopara.

"The final Test match is an absolutely vital game for the team with so much at stake, and we have had to make some difficult selection decisions in choosing our squad for The Brit Oval," national selector Geoff Miller told reporters.

"Ravi Bopara has been going through a tough time with the bat in this series, and we have decided to leave him out of the squad for this game.

"He will be extremely disappointed but remains very much part of our plans for the future, and I am sure he has the talent and temperament to regain his place in the side.

"Ravi's omission means Jonathan Trott will make his Test debut. Having been part of the squad at Headingley, he was the next batsman in line in our view -- and this rewards him for the excellent form he has shown in county cricket both this summer and with England Lions over the winter.

"Ian Bell will bat at three next week, which is a position he has occupied for England before, and we were delighted to see both him and Jonathan make centuries for Warwickshire this week."

England have resisted naming extra batting cover in case all-rounder Andrew Flintoff's troublesome right knee gets worse.

Veteran Mark Ramprakash, of Surrey, and Kent captain Robert Key were both in the frame -- along with Trott -- to come into the party.

But there is plenty of competition for places among the bowlers for a match in which taking 20 wickets is imperative. New-ball duo Flintoff and James Anderson (hamstring) are expected to link up again after being checked by the medical team last week.

"Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson's injuries are much improved with rest and treatment, and we anticipate both players will be fit and available for selection next Thursday," Miller confirmed.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry equaled the highest individual one-day international score with an unbeaten 194 on Sunday, but Bangladesh won the five-match series 3-2 as Tamim Iqbal replied with 154.


Coventry, who was dropped on 137, hit seven sixes as he matched former Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar's mark from 12 years ago, with the hosts compiling 312-8 in 50 overs.

Bangladesh passed that with 13 balls to spare as 20-year-old left-hander Tamim hit six sixes from 138 deliveries.

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