England captain Joe Root has arrived at the ground and is likely to bat on the final day of the fifth Test at the SCG after being hospitalised for dehydration.
The news is no help to England’s chances of salvaging the final Ashes Test at the SCG with the tourists to resume on Monday at 4-93 and still trailing Australia by 210 runs. Moeen Ali walked out to bat with Jonny Bairstow at the start of the day’s play, meaning Root has retired hurt and will appear later in the order.
England confirmed the news of Root’s health scare on social media.
“Joe Root is currently in hospital with severe dehydration,” the tweet said.
“There will be a further update as to whether he will be fit to resume this morning.”
Channel Nine commentator Mark Nicholas said that Root was discharged from hospital, and was expected to bat later in the day.
“He is suffering from serious dehydration,” Nicholas said.
“He is on his way to ground and there is every chance he will bat later.”
Shortly after the start of play Root arrived at the ground with a water bottle in hand.
Root arrives at SCG
The England captain spent 193 overs in the field over two days as Australia established an imposing first innings total of 7(dec)-649, with the worst of it being on day four when the temperature in the middle of the SCG climbed to over 50 degrees.
It has been reported that Root had vomiting and diarrhoea and is being treated for dehydration in hospital.
The England captain was in the wars on another front on Sunday, after copping a Mitchell Starc on the finger while attempting a pull shot.