By Sam Drury
Last Updated: 13/01/18 9:10am
Joe Root is in contention to play at the MCG after overcoming a bad case of gastroenteritis
Joe Root is set to be fit to play in the opening game of England’s ODI series against Australia on Sunday, captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed.
The Test skipper was forced to retire ill on day five of the final Ashes Test in Sydney due to a bad case of gastroenteritis that had seen him hospitalised prior to the start of play.
However, after sitting out England’s warm-up match victory over a Cricket Australia XI on Thursday, Root appears to have overcome the bug and is ready to return for the day-nighter in Melbourne.
“Joe is good and should be fit to play tomorrow,” Morgan told reporters.
“He is extremely important. He has been a fantastic leader within the group and, on top of that, there’s the weight of runs he has scored and the manner that he’s scored them.
“He is obviously a key part. He is a very versatile player and can score in any strike-rate that needs to be required, given the situation. He is very important.”
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Root will slot back in at No 3 leaving England to choose two from Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and the returning Alex Hales to open the batting at the MCG in the first game of the five-match series.