Joe Root  © Getty Images
Joe Root © Getty Images

Joe Root, who held his ground to draw the final Ashes Test, was retired hurt on Day Five due to stomach bug. England eventually lost the match.

Root was hospitalised before the day’s play began. After battling in the morning session, Root was unable to take the field.

Root plays an important part for England when it comes to limited-overs. England need to fight back strongly after a 4-0 defeat in the Ashes. Root returned to the training session on Wednesday and had a light run around.

Root won’t be featuring in the warm-up against Cricket Australia XI which is scheduled on January 11. His teammate Jos Buttler says the team is desperate to have him back.

‘He’s a huge part of our side’

“He’s obviously a lot better than he was on Monday,” Buttler said.

“He’s up and about so I think a few more days and his bug should have gone. He’s a huge part of our side so we’re desperate for him to be fit and well.”

“I’m sure he will rest up and try and get his energy back.”

Ben Stokes is still waiting for clearance on his selection. Seven players who played Test are included in ODI squad. England have won only one ODI tournament in Australia since 1986-87.

Buttler, who played in the Big Bash League for Sydney Thunders, believes the ODI series to be a new opportunity and players have moved on from the Test defeat.

‘I think that’s the cycle of life’

“I think that’s the cycle of life,” he said.

“Things happen and you move on and they become history and forgotten about. I think the guys will move on pretty quickly and park that disappointment.”

“They’ll reflect on that themselves. It’s a new opportunity. It’s a different format and for those guys to potentially free them up and enjoy the one-day aspect of cricket.”