Root feeling better ahead of ODI series

Joe Root looks to have recovered from the virus which so affected him during the final Ashes Test and is set to be fit for the first one-day international against Australia.

Joe Root is set to be fit for the first one-day international after recovering from a viral illness.

Joe Root is set to be fit for the first one-day international after recovering from a viral illness.

Root was hospitalised on the final morning of the Ashes in Sydney with a bad case of gastroenteritis and sat out Thursday's warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI.

But the England Test captain has finally shaken the bug and looks certain to reclaim his place in the top order for Sunday's one-day opener at the MCG.

Limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan said: "Joe is good and should be fit to play tomorrow.

"He's extremely important. He's been a fantastic leader within the group and, on top of that, there's the weight of runs he's scored and the manner that he's scored them.

"He's obviously a key part. He's a very versatile player and can score in any strike-rate that needs to be required, given the situation. He's very important."

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