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England captain Root suffers dehydration in 47 degree heat

 

By David Clough

England's captain Joe Root appeared unlikely to resume his innings on day five of the final Ashes Test in Sydney after going to hospital with severe dehydration.

Temperatures reached over 47 degrees Celsius in Sydney on Sunday - the hottest day in the city since 1939 - and Root spent most of it out in the field, first as Australia continued their innings and then at the crease.

Any chance of England saving the game, however slim, would have rested largely at Root's door as they slipped towards a 4-0 series defeat.

Root participation in next month's Twenty20 Tri-series against Australia and New Zealand could also be in doubt. He was named in the squad last night with Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow both rested.

The mini-tournament begins in Hobart on February 7.

As expected, it also contains Ben Stokes - although his participation remains unlikely while his wait continues to hear whether he will be charged with causing actual bodily harm in a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25.

Fast bowler Mark Wood and batsmen Sam Billings and James Vince are back in the reckoning in the sprint format, having missed England's last Twenty20 international against West Indies at Chester-le-Street four months ago.

Batsman Dawid Malan, another Ashes mainstay set to play in the ODIS as well, is also in the Twenty20 squad.

Chairman of selectors James Whitaker said: "Our aim is to become the best Twenty20 side in the world, and a strong performance in this series will give us the chance to progress up the team rankings.

"We felt it was important for Dawid Malan and Joe Root, who have had an intense period of Test cricket over the past few months, to play in the series and continue to develop their Twenty20 experience and skills."

There is once again speculation, meanwhile, that Stokes may be about to hear very soon whether the Crown Prosecution Service has advised police to charge or clear him.

In a brief statement accompanying confirmation of the Twenty20 squad, the England and Wales Cricket Board reiterated its current policy regarding the key all-rounder's selection.

It read: "Ben Stokes is included, though his involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September.

"Should the ECB board receive formal confirmation that Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage."

England T20 Tri-Series squad: EJG Morgan (Captain), SW Billings, JC Buttler (wkt), TK Curran, LA Dawson, AD Hales, CJ Jordan, DJ Malan, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, BA Stokes, JM Vince, DJ Willey, MA Wood.

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