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Posted by: Charles Jan 8 2018, 09:30 AM
England skipper Joe Root hospitalised with severe dehydration

Tim Williams
Monday, 8 January 2018 6:46AM

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England’s faint hopes of escaping the fifth Ashes Test with a draw are in tatters after captain Joe Root was admitted to hospital this morning with severe dehydration.

Root is not out on 42 and holds the key to the tourist’s slim hopes of survival at the Sydney Cricket Ground, however his place on day five is now in doubt should he not recover in time to take his place alongside Jonny Bairstow.

An English spokesman confirmed the news that Root is currently being treated for exhaustion after battling through 45+ degree temperatures on field on day three.

The English camp will make a call at 10am as to whether or not Root will continue batting in the fourth innings.

Root can retire not out at the beginning of play, with the option to return to the crease later in the innings should he recover throughout the day.

Root is said to have been up all night vomiting, likely due to the soaring temperatures in Sydney on Sunday.

However it is not entirely certain that heat is to blame for Root’s illness.

Should temperature be the reason for his state, it is sure to force the ICC into a rethink regarding its heat policy.

The current policy in international cricket states that a match cannot be delayed due to hot weather.

Should Root not return to action, England’s hopes of escaping the final Test of the summer would appear all but over.

I watched much of the days play and was alarmed to hear that the on ground temperature reached 56 degrees when England was in the field. It was apparent that a number of the team were struggling. Surely the ICC has a duty of care in such conditions and have a heat rule in place. The powers that be call off horse racing programmes in extreme heat but not cricket. The Ashes have been won and lost and this is a dead game anyway. If the series was still alive, play could be called off and re-scheduled. Does someone have to die before common sense prevails?

Posted by: lee Jan 8 2018, 02:37 PM
Apparently that 56ºC was a "comfort factor" made up of temperature and humidity.

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