England made two changes to their playing XI for the fifth Ashes Test starting at the Oval, with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes replacing Jason Roy and Craig Overton.Australia, who have retained the Ashes after taking a 2-1 lead by winning in Manchester, also made one change with all rounder Mitch Marsh coming in to replace Travis Head.”The reason Travis isn’t playing is because we felt we needed extra bowling after a long series,” Australia skipper Tim Paine said.”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.”Roy’s omission is no great surprise as he has struggled throughout the series having started it as an opening batsman. He has scored 110 runs in eight innings with a top score of 31 at Old Trafford when he dropped down the order.”It’s always tough to leave guys out, but Stokesy obviously picked up a shoulder injury in the last game and won’t be able to bowl the overs we normally expect him to,” Root said at a press conference.”With that we’ve had to change the balance of the side, and Jason’s the unfortunate one to miss out. Jason’s had an opportunity to come in and play Test cricket, get a feel for it and it’s not quite gone how he would have liked. But I’m sure he’ll go away and work extremely hard and come back again.”advertisementBen Stokes will play as a batsman only after injuring his shoulder at Old Trafford. “He might be able to bowl a couple of overs here and there, but his batting, as this series has shown, is a massive part of our side and he rightly deserves to be in this team as just a batter, and a top-four batter,” Root said.England are trying to avoid a home series defeat by Australia for the first time since 2001.AUSTRALIA XII FOR FIFTH ASHES TEST: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh HazlewoodEngland’s squad: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes OUT: Jason Roy, Craig Overton IN: Sam Curran, Chris WoakesAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Justin Langer backs ‘world class’ David Warner to come good at The OvalAlso See:
That dispute, along with another between Germany and Turkey over the Bogazkoy Sphinx currently in a Berlin museum, tops the agenda of a meeting that gets underway tomorrow at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris of the agency’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation.The Committee comprises 22 countries and meets every two years to consider cases brought to its attention. During its 12th session, representatives will discuss principles recently formulated to facilitate the solution of differences over cultural properties displaced during World War II, as well as progress made towards identifying and preserving properties illegally taken out of Afghanistan, so that they can be returned.The Committee will also consider preventive measures to limit illicit trafficking in cultural properties, with one important measure concerning the introduction of inventory forms to standardize the description of art objects and antiquities. Setting up databases which will include information about UNESCO Member States’ national legislation on cultural property, will also be discussed.Since the Committee last met in March 2001, Albania, Barbados, Bhutan, Japan, Rwanda and the United Kingdom have become States Parties to the 1970 Convention concerning the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, brining to 97 the number of States Parties. Denmark, Morocco, Sweden and Switzerland have announced they will ratify the Convention or are in the process of doing so.Meanwhile, Argentina, Cambodia, Norway, Portugal and Spain have ratified the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, raising its total to 18. This convention, which covers private law, complements the UNESCO treaty.The UNESCO Committee, set up in 1980, has no jurisdictional power to rule in disputes between parties. But as a consultative organ, it can offer its good offices to facilitate bilateral negotiations for the restitution or return of cultural properties to their countries of origin. It also encourages the establishing or strengthening of museums in developing countries and the training of scientific and technical staff.