England cricket captain Joe Root was hospitalised with dehydration and was unable to resume play on Monday morning, after apparent temperatures soared above 57 degrees celsius in the middle of the SCG on Sunday.
Root spent the night in hospital with severe dehydration, according to the English team. Sunday was the hottest Sydney day in 80 years, with official temperatures in Penrith reaching 47.3 degrees -- making it the hottest place on Earth. Out in the middle of the Sydney Cricket Ground, it felt even hotter, with apparent temperatures above a mind-boggling 57 degrees.
Joe Root is currently in hospital with severe dehydration. There will be a further update as to whether he will be fit to resume this morning. pic.twitter.com/wmvPd8XeT9— England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 7, 2018
Root left hospital on Monday morning and arrived at the SCG for the the final day of the fifth Ashes test, but was unable to resume his innings. He was replaced by team-mate Moeen Ali in the middle, but is hoping to retake his position later in the day.
The English captain spent almost the entire day out on the field, first fielding as Australia batted for most of the day, then taking his place on the pitch early in the English batting innings after his team lost a few quick wickets. In total, Root was only off the field for five overs of Sunday's play.
Just a reminder peak temp in the middle yesterday at the SCG was 57.6 degrees. Root was out there virtually all day.— Chris Stocks (@StocksC_cricket) January 7, 2018
Australian batsman Mitchell Marsh said Sunday's heat was almost overwhelming.
"This morning was one of the hottest conditions I've batted in in Australia," he said.
"Even the warm-up was boiling hot."
HuffPost Australia has contacted England Cricket for comment on Root's condition and the decision to continue play despite Sunday's extreme heat, but many online have criticised officials for keeping the game running. For comparison, tennis officials at the Sydney International stopped play on Sunday after temperatures went above 40 degrees.
Joe Root was up all night vomiting was admitted to hospital this morning. Still some hope he can take part later in the day but he is not well. Time for cricket to start thinking about heat rules like tennis?— Ben Horne (@BenHorne8) January 7, 2018
Wow - time for cricket to have an extreme heat policy? ECB: "Root is currently in hospital. Severely dehydrated with diarrhoea and vomiting"— AlisonMitchell (@AlisonMitchell) January 7, 2018
No "duty of care" in this situation?— Peter the Bold (@pietro159456) January 7, 2018
Former Australian player Dean Jones also called for change.
After speaking to a couple of doctors this morning.. in my opinion cricket should be called off after 41C.. it's a workplace issue now.. just my opinion ..— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) January 7, 2018