England Captain Joe Root Urged to Stay Away from 2018 IPL

England Captain Joe Root Urged to Stay Away from 2018 IPL

It is true that the Aussies' away record remains suspect - last two series prior to the Ashes involved a 2-1 defeat in India and iffy 1-1 outcome in Bangladesh - but they traditionally far prefer South African pitches, remember, to those of the Subcontinent.

Root was hospitalised before the day's play began. It was initially thought he was suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration but the European Central Bank confirmed his absence was due to a viral gastroenteritis bug.

England, who for so long had a fine Test team but a hapless limited overs one, are threatening to do a complete reverse. Despite clearly struggling, the captain was not out at lunch as England moved to 144-5. But he has suggested him not to participate in the IPL this year and take a break instead. Bairstow was the next man to go, departing for a well-made 38 after being trapped lbw by Cummins.

By contrast, Australia was knocked out in the group stage of the Champions Trophy - though they were not helped by rain - and have lost (21) almost as many ODIs as they have won (26) in the past two years.

Tom Curran enjoyed himself with a flurry of boundaries but Josh Hazlewood had James Anderson caught behind as Australia's dominance resulted in a 4-0 truimph.

The Proteas have not yet won a home, post-isolation series against Australia and their task of correcting that quite shortly looks no less daunting than ever.

"He's done extraordinary things with the one-day side alongside Eoin Morgan, they've not won a major tournament yet but the team is totally unrecognisable from where it was two years ago". In the end it is down to these guys to put their hand up and score runs.

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All-rounder Ben Stokes was included, although he is still suspended by England and missed the recent Ashes series after being arrested in September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub.

"They are aware that it's about performance and scoring enough runs".

Both finished with averages in the mid-20s and two half-centuries from nine innings, and who you had most faith in depended upon whether you valued style or substance.

Buttler, who will earn his 100th ODI cap when England face Australia on Sunday in the first game of the five-match series, has been playing for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash. The five-match series is followed by a T20 tri-series involving Australia and New Zealand.

Combative opener David Warner got 441 runs at 63.00, Shaun Marsh 445 at 74.16 to re-announce his credentials for a regular spot, and Usman Khawaja blossomed in the previously problematic, important No 3 spot.

The 27-year-old returned to training on Wednesday after receiving treatment for gastroenteritis, which forced him to retire hurt on the final day in the Sydney defeat that gave Australia a 4-0 test series triumph.