Root feeling better ahead of ODI series

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Root was hospitalised on the final morning of the Ashes in Sydney having been stricken with a bad case of gastroenteritis and sat out Thursday's warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI.

Limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan on Saturday revealed prolific batsman Root should be available for the opening ODI at the MCG.

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"He is 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 is very important".

While Root's participation is all but assured, Australia captain Steve Smith stopped short of confirming that David Warner's involvement after the opener's struggles with a stomach bug over the past two days. He turned up here today and I think he walked the oval a few times.

The 28-year-old's figures of 0-68 do not tell the story of a performance which showcased genuine speed, a commodity England's bowling sorely lacked during their 4-0 Ashes humbling.

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However, when he was picked for England's T20 side against South Africa in the aftermath of the Champions Trophy in June, Livingstone looked a touch overawed by the experience - he made 16 runs in two innings, running himself out on debut at Taunton before missing a full-toss to be bowled for a golden duck in the series decider at Cardiff.

Fellow spinner Adil Rashid claimed three scalps, but England's quick brigade of Liam Plunkett (2-52), Mark Wood, Tom Curran and Chris Woakes all went at more than five an over after Victorian schoolboy Mackenzie Harvey unleashed with a 39-ball half-century.

"But it's a different line-up and each of the guys in their team have a different set of skills".

One of England's biggest issues this winter in Australia, other than a lack of express pace, was a lack of variety, with their entire pace attack consisting of right-arm bowlers. "I expect England to win the series 3-2", said Taylor, who will be part of the Test Match Special commentary team.

Australia will be without Josh Hazlewood, who has been rested for the game in Melbourne, with AJ Tye, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa competing to replace him while Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh and Cameron White are battling it out for two middle-order slots.

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