England have decided to stick with the same side that claimed victory at Edgbaston for the fourth and final Test with Pakistan at the Oval.

The hosts hold a 2-1 lead and as such will secure a series victory if they avoid defeat in the fourth Test, which begins on Thursday.

It had been suggested that Adil Rashid could come into the side but he has been released to link up with Yorkshire for their T20 Blast quarter-final against Glamorgan in Cardiff on Thursday.

Spinner Rashid is expected to head to Bangladesh and India over the winter and it had been thought England could hand him a bit more Test experience before those tours.

However, captain Alastair Cook is eager to secure the series win and as such feels the team selected is the one most capable of seeing off Pakistan on home soil.

“If we were 3-0 up it might have been different but the series is very much alive,” he said of Rashid, as reported by the BBC.

“We stuck with Mo [Moeen Ali] because he’s such a valuable member of the side with the runs he has scored and in the last game he bowled really well.

“Adil is clearly going to get a chance in the winter, he’s still got one-day cricket here to keep that international experience going and when he gets that chance he’s got to take it.”

Nottinghamshire pace-bowler Jake Ball is the other player from the 13-man squad to be left out of the final 11 for the fourth Test.

England are 8/15 to win the fourth Test and Ali is 7/1 to be England’s top wicket taker in the first innings.

Pakistan are 4/1 to come out on top and a draw is 7/2.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson.