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Ashes 2017-18: England captain Joe Root unable to finish Ashes Test after hospital admission

8 January 2018 6:05 AM
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Joe Root may very well be the first England captain to be asleep while an Australian skipper has lifted an Ashes trophy.

After an unpleasant and sleepless night of vomiting and diarrhoea, Root's absence from the post match presentation on the turf of the SCG characterised England's horror series that went from bad to worse.

Water works: Hydration was all-important in the heat, but fluid intake might not have been enough for Joe Root.

The England captain was admitted to hospital on Monday morning before play and, although initially it was believed to be a result of heat exhaustion, team officials corrected themselves by revealing he had a viral gastroenteritis bug.

After a torrid time in the series, this was the last thing Root needed. He did not front up for the first ball of the day but admirably strode to the wicket when Moeen Ali was dismissed and soldiered on, hoping to give his team a flicker of hope to draw the match.

By lunch, though, Root's condition had deteriorated. Even with assistance from support staff, the skipper did not return after the break and was not seen again.


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