Roy stars as England beat Australia by 5 wickets in 1st ODI

Roy stars as England beat Australia by 5 wickets in 1st ODI

Roy stars as England beat Australia by 5 wickets in 1st ODI

After a 0-4 drubbing in the Test series, England will hope that a change in format will also bring some change in fortunes.

The records quickly tumbled for Roy - the highest score against Australia in ODIs, the biggest at the MCG and then the best for England, surpassing Hales' 171 against Pakistan in 2016.

Roy had dropped out of the England side last summer following a series of low scores, with Bairstow and Hales the preferred opening pairing during the first three ODIs against Windies in September.

On 91, he managed to over-turn an lbw decision against him on review before launching the next ball from legspinner Adam Zampa just over the head of Aaron Finch on the long-on boundary.

The Surrey batsman's efforts allowed the tourists to hunt down 305, besting the Melbourne stadium's previous high of 295 - reeled in by Australia following their own Ashes defeat in 2011.

England won the toss and chose to bowl against Australia in opening one-day global at Melbourne. More importantly, England needed only 17 more runs to win.

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On a cold afternoon and with the pitch tinged with green, Morgan named a side featuring a recalled Alex Hales at No. 3, leaving Joe Root to slot in at No. 4 and Morgan at No. 5.

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He said he felt well-placed after scoring a half century at the MCG and two centuries in the Ashes series.

"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. It was a huge honour to be out there for England again and get a few runs on the board after a tough season past year. "Hopefully that'll show in the coming months". (@CricProf) January 14, 2018Mark Wood hurries up David Warner and he can only spoon a catch to Joe Root.

England have the world's best ODI win-loss ratio since Trevor Bayliss took over a couple of years ago, and they pulled further clear of second-placed India with this win. He came out, chanced his arm, played very aggressively from ball one.

"We probably left ourselves a few short, we lost a few wickets in the middle and that stopped us going from as hard as we liked at the back end", Smith said at the post-match presentation. That's something we've built on and got a good foundation now. They played some good cricket for that period there.

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