BBC.com – 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.

Summary

  • 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.
  • Limited overs captain Eoin Morgan said: “Joe should be fit to play.
  • Root has scored 4,000 ODI runs at an average of 50 with a strike-rate of 87.05 runs per 100 balls faced.
  • “He’s extremely important,” Morgan added.
  • No further clues were given as to the starting XI for the first of five ODI matches, although Morgan did hint that all three openers – Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Alex Hales – could feature.


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