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Sport Root returns to fitness for England's ODI opener against Australia

06:22  13 january  2018
06:22  13 january  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

Root to bat on despite finger

  Root to bat on despite finger England say Joe Root will resume his innings on day five of the fifth Ashes Test despite being injured when struck on the hand by Mitchell Starc.England have brushed off concerns about Joe Root's injured finger, saying he will resume his innings on day five of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney on Monday.

Joe Root has returned to fitness following illness. Morgan did not offer any further clues about the make-up of the England team but hinted that all three openers – Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Alex Hales – could be accommodated.

England do have a slight concern over Jonny Bairstow. The opener passed a late fitness test on his knee to take part in the second Test against Pakistan and had ice and significant strapping applied to the The pick of the action from the second ODI between England and Australia at Sophia Gardens.

England and South Africa Nets Session - Day One - Trent Bridge © PA WIRE England and South Africa Nets Session - Day One - Trent Bridge

Joe Root is set to be fit for the first one-day international against Australia 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 Test captain has finally shaken the bug and looks certain to reclaim his place in the top order for Sunday's Gillette Series 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."

England bowler Plunkett injured in ODI .
An injury to England quick Liam Plunkett has left the tourists a bowler down in the third one-day clash with Australia. England appear to have lost bowler Liam Plunkett from the third one-day international against Australia after the quick limped from the field mid-over with an apparent leg injury.Plunkett was two balls into his second over when he stopped midway through his run up and walked straight off the ground in Australia's pursuit of 303 for victory at the SCG.

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