Root feeling better ahead of ODI series

Rory Dollard
Joe Root is set to be fit for the first one-day international after recovering from a viral illness

Joe Root looks to have recovered from the virus which so affected him during the final Ashes Test and is set to be fit for the first one-day international against Australia.

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 England Test captain has finally shaken the bug and looks certain to reclaim his place in the top order for Sunday's one-day 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."