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ROOT FIT FOR FIRST ODI AS MORGAN PRAISES BAYLISS

England take on Australia in Melbourne on Sunday

England should be able to call on Joe Root for their first one-day international against Australia following illness.

The Test captain was laid low by a bug during the fifth Ashes clash in Sydney last week, and spent some time in hospital.

He was also unavailable for a selection meeting, forcing England to push back the announcement of their squad for the Test tour of New Zealand, but ODI captain Eoin Morgan is confident the Yorkshireman will have recovered in time for take on the Aussies in Melbourne on Sunday.

Eoin Morgan and Steve Smith are set to do battle with England and Australia

"Joe is good and should be fit to play tomorrow," Morgan said.

"He is extremely important. He has been a fantastic leader within the group and, on top of that, there's the weight of runs he has scored and the manner that he's scored them.

"He is obviously a key part. He is a very versatile player and can score in any strike-rate that needs to be required, given the situation. He is very important."

Meanwhile, Morgan handed out his support for under-fire England coach Trevor Bayliss.

Trevor Bayliss has come under pressure for England's up-and-down Test form

The Australian, who has said he will not seek a new contract when his current deal expires in 2019, has struggled to make an impact in the Test arena during his two years in charge.

However, he has made great strides with the white ball, and Morgan said: "He has been brilliant for us.

"As a coach the one attribute he has is the ability to take the pressure away from any player at a time when you need it and that has helped me massively."

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