Australia vs England 1st ODI: Roy’s career-best 180 flattens Australia

Jason Roy hundred Australia England 1st ODI cricket

Jason Roy is delighted upon bringing up his fourth ODI hundred

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England opener Jason Roy put on a show at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as he smashed a career-best 180 to lead his side to a five-wicket win over Australia in the first ODI.

Roy’s knock was the second-highest ODI score against Australia and the second-highest score in an ODI in Australia.

It was also the highest score by an England player in ODIs, surpassing the 171 Alex Hales made against Pakistan in August 2016.

Opting to bowl first, England got an early breakthrough as the returning Mark Wood removed opener David Warner for two runs.

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.

Even though Travis Head was clean bowled by Liam Plunkett for five runs, Finch and Mitchell Marsh stabilised the innings with a 118-run partnership, during which Finch brought up his ninth ODI hundred.

However, not long after, he was was on his way back to the pavilion as he was caught caught by Jonny Bairstow at deep midwicket off the bowling of Moeen Ali for 107, which came off 119 balls and included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Marsh went on to make 50 off 68 deliveries, which included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was cleaned up by 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.

Paine ended up making 27 and Pat Cummins scored 12 as Australia finished on 304/8 off their 50 overs.

Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Rashid snapped up two and Moeen, Wood and Woakes chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 305 to win, England got off to a scorching start as Jason Roy and Bairstow amassed a 53-run partnership in under five runs.

With England taking the attack to Australia, the hosts finally stemmed the flow of runs and got a much-needed breakthrough when Mitchell Starc had Bairstow caught behind for 14.

Hales, who was playing in his first international match since September 2017, only made four runs before being caught by Stoinis at short midwicket off the bowling of Cummins.

Roy and Joe Root took over from that point as they forged a 221-run partnership to leave England within touching distance of victory.

Roy sailed past his hundred during the incredible stand, while Root brought up his fifty.

Joe Root fifty Australia England 1st ODI cricket

Joe Root scored his 25th ODI fifty

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With England cruising to a comfortable win, Australia finally got the breakthrough they so desperately needed as Starc removed Roy for a career-best 180, which came off 151 balls and included 16 boundaries and five sixes.

Even though captain Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler fell shortly after, England reached their target with seven balls to spare thank to Root’s unbeaten 91, which came off 110 balls and included five boundaries.

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

Smith admitted that Roy was too good for his side, and said: “He didn’t give us a chance, and he chanced his arm. They got off to an absolute flyer and we couldn’t pull them back.”

Morgan also lauded Roy, saying: “He’s imposing at the crease, and what a way to start the series. It sums up the character of the bloke, coming back in.”

Roy was named Man of the Match, and said: “Incredibly special, I don’t have too many words right now. Halesy was pretty disappointed [to lose his England ODI highest score]. It had been a tough season last season, so to be selected was incredibly special. I was so happy, first time here, what an incredible place.”

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