England claim record ODI win over Aussies

Lawrence Cooper
January 16, 2018

Joe Root, the skipper too played a vital inning of 91 to help England reach the target of 320.

After going down 4-0 in the Ashes, England was surely not the favourite for the ODI series.

As the action between Australia and England shifted from Tests to limited-overs, the touring party saw a reversal in their fortunes and finally managed to end their win drought Down Under.

England stuttered a bit after fast bowler Mitchell Starc dismissed Roy, with the touring side also losing captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler soon after.

England's Jason Roy celebrates scoring a century against Australia during their ODI cricket match in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 14.

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"It is extremely special, especially after our Test series", added Roy.

Fittingly, the 27-year-old passed team-mate Alex Hales' England record knock of 171 against Pakistan in 2016 with a chip just over the head of a despairing Australian fielder.

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This time around, England showed themselves to be at the vanguard of the new ODI breed, while Australia, with eight losses from their past nine games, look some way off the pace.

"I guess if you do that, perhaps you're going to have days where you get bowled out for not many but you back your players to come off maybe more often than not and get those big totals", Smith said.

Batting first, Aaron Finch blasted his 9th ODI century which propelled Australia to 304 runs on board. Their partnership beat the previous best for the third wicket, which was 213 between Neil Fairbrother and Graeme Hick in 1991.

This included a national average audience of 1.79 million in England's run chase, including 1.22 million metro, and 1.52 million in Australia's innings, with 1.04 million metro.

"They play a great style for fans to watch".

"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 "played spectacularly well - chanced his arm and it came off". Coming back in, we all knew that at some stage he would be part of our plans. "It was nice to get a few yesterday, but I was really disappointed to get out at the time I did", Marsh told reporters in Brisbane on Monday (January 15). "He was supported really well by Joe Root as well".

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