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Root hospitalised before day five in Sydney

England could be without captain Joe Root for the final day of the Ashes after he was hospitalised with severe dehydration.

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England captain Joe Root

Joe Root's participation in the final day of the Ashes series is in doubt after the England captain was hospitalised through illness.

Root was 42 not out overnight in Sydney, with England looking to save the fifth Test and avoid losing the urn to Australia by a 4-0 scoreline.

The skipper spent all but six overs on the field on Saturday as Australia racked up 649-7 declared before quickly reducing England to 15-2.

Saturday's action was played out in scorching temperatures touching 50 degrees centigrade in the middle.

And England confirmed on Monday morning local time that Root was suffering from "severe dehydration", which had required hospital treatment.

If Root is unable to recover, Moeen Ali will join Jonny Bairstow (12 not out) at the crease, with Australia eyeing victory to complete a dominant series success.

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