1st ODI: Jason Roy's remarkable 180 helps England beat Australia

Lawrence Cooper
January 15, 2018

Opener Jason Roy produced a superb performance with the bat as England thrashed Australia by five wickets, here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday to win the opening match of the Gillette ODI series. He came into this match after a hard Big Bash and was sweating on his place again but England stuck by him and he repaid them with 180, beating by nine Hales's record highest ODI innings.

Alex Hales had set England's previous highest ODI score - a brutal 171 against Pakistan in August 2016 - and Roy joked a man with whom he has opened the innings on many occasions was none too pleased about being surpassed.

Aaron Finch and captain Steve Smith began rebuilding the innings with a 48-run partnership before Smith was caught behind off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 23.

Marsh continued his renaissance from the Test series with 50 from 66 balls, but was bowled by a cleverly disguised wrong'un from Rashid.

Marcus Stoinis and wicketkeeper Tim Paine added 80 runs to the scorecard before Stoinis was dismissed by Chris Woakes for a 40-ball 60, which included five boundaries and two sixes.

Root was unbeaten on 91 at the end as England reached 308-5 in the 49th over, having joined Roy in the sixth over when England was 60-2.

England clinched victory with seven balls remaining, but what did Hales have to say about Roy taking his record?

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Yet the target proved insufficient as Roy hit 16 fours and five sixes in a belligerent knock, his fourth ODI hundred.

England captain Eoin Morgan paid tribute to Roy, whose 221-run stand alongside Joe Root (91 not out) ensured the tourists were never in trouble - despite the loss of three quick wickets as they approached the finishing line.

Starc and Cummins took two wickets apiece, while Stoinis claimed one.

"We've got to sort out our one-day cricket, it hasn't been as good as we would have liked over the past 12-18 months".

Roy survived being given out and several close calls before eventually being caught for 180 to help guide his side to a five-wicket success to kick-off the five-match series in winning fashion. "I had a very tough year in 2017 and being dropped from the side gave me a bit of a kick".

Roy said: "To be at the MCG and get a score like that in the first game of the series incredibly special - it's an absolute honour to be honest". "It was one of the first things the boys said, about Halesy being pretty. err. disappointed!"

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