Root fit for England's opening ODI against Australia

Joe Root carrying drinks
First ODI
Venue: Melbourne Date: 14 January
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England batsman Joe Root is fit to play in Sunday’s first one-day international against Australia in Melbourne after recovering from a viral illness.

The 27-year-old Test captain, who was taken to hospital with gastroenteritis on the final day of the fifth Test in Sydney, missed Thursday’s warm-up win over a Cricket Australia XI.

Limited overs captain Eoin Morgan said: “Joe should be fit to play.

“He’s a versatile player who can score in any strike-rate that is required.”

More to follow.

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