Gulf News – Sydney: Joe Root’s final day of the Ashes series was a miserable one in many ways after the England captain was admitted to hospital suffering from a stomach bug then saw his team soundly beaten in the last Test against Australia to lose the series 4-0.

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  • Sydney: Joe Root’s final day of the Ashes series was a miserable one in many ways after the England captain was admitted to hospital suffering from a stomach bug then saw his team soundly beaten in the last Test against Australia to lose the series 4-0.
  • Root, unbeaten on 42 at stumps on Sunday, was unable to resume his innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground at the start of play on Monday after being taken to hospital that morning with vomiting and diarrhoea, which team officials originally said was caused by severe dehydration, but later explained was gastroenteritis.
  • “So to get to the ground in itself is a great effort and then to strap his pads on and bat for as long as he did was a brilliant effort from him and just shows what sort of character he is.”
  • Root arrived at the ground as play started on Monday, still with a hospital identification band on his left wrist, but Moeen Ali took his place at the crease in partnership with Jonny Bairstow.
  • “For us, you never want to hear that someone’s ill, it’s not a nice place to be,” said Australia captain Steve Smith, who was also named Man of the Ashes series after stockpiling 687 runs at an average of 137.40.


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