News – Cricket: Stephen Flemming talks to the press about the BBL and the Aus ODI selections that have effected his squad.


  • DEHYDRATION put Joe Root in hospital on the last day of the Sydney Test, but the England captain wasn’t about to let his teammates go thirsty at Drummoyne Oval on Thursday.
  • Root traded in his skipper’s badge for a fluoro singlet as the lingering effects of his severe gastro bug sidelined him to water boy duties for England’s tour match against a Cricket Australia XI.
  • England expect Root to lead the side’s consolation mission in the one-day series against Steve Smith’s Australian side starting on Sunday at the MCG, but after losing weight and fitness as a result of the illness drama, it’s been a slow road to recovery.
  • It illustrates what an extraordinary effort it was for Root to pull himself off a drip at St Vincent’s Hospital and walk out to bat for his country barely an hour later as the young skipper fought desperately to save the Sydney Test on the last day.
  • England cricket has high expectations it will go close to winning next year’s ODI World Cup which they will host on home soil and Root will realise that for the old dart to break its drought in major tournaments, the road to glory must start early with strong preparation.

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