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England Test captain Joe Root treated in hospital for severe dehydration

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England captain Joe Root has been treated in hospital for severe dehydration and could miss the final day’s play of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney.

The ECB says a decision on whether the 27-year-old will continue batting on Monday morning will be made before the start of play.

In a statement, it said: “Joe Root is currently in hospital with severe dehydration. There will be a further update as to whether he will be fit to resume this morning.”

It later added: “Joe is now on the way to the ground. He is unlikely to start this morning when play resumes.”

Sunday’s temperatures in western Sydney were the highest recorded in almost 80 years.

In the suburb of Penrith, the mercury reached 47.3C, a figure not seen in the city since 1939.

Root is due to resume batting on Monday morning, alongside Jonny Bairstow, having reached 42 not out in England’s second innings.

At close of play on day four, the tourists were 93-4, still needing another 210 runs to save the follow-on.

Before batting on Sunday, Root had spent much of the day fielding, while Australia amassed 649-7 declared in their first innings.



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