Monday, 21 May, 2018

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

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The South Africa-born Roy was dominant from the start of the chase and surpassed Alex Hales' record of 171 - against Pakistan at Nottingham in 2016 - as the highest ever ODI score for England.

"[His innings against Australia] is on the back of a tough summer but he finished it incredibly well", Morgan said.

Where England could make a difference though is at the top of the order. "You got to be smart and adaptable to the conditions and try to play the type of cricket we normally play", he said.

No.4 Travis Head, who was preferred over shock selection Cameron White, looms as a young batsman groomed for such a role but failed in game one and his position is under the spotlight.

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.

"That sounds quite brutal, but more than anything over the next year or so I'll have a really good indication of how I want us to play as a team". It is extremely special, especially after the Test series.

"If we got 340, 350 that's what we were after".

Asked if they might enjoy better results than their Test colleagues, he said: "I hope not". That gave a chance to the previously sidelined Jason Roy, who closed out the series with scores of 84 and 96 alongside the prolific Jonny Bairstow.

He was due to return to the side this morning in the first one-day global against Australia at the MCG, playing under captain Eoin Morgan.

The opener returned to the side in September when Hales was out of the side following the incident outside a Bristol nightclub over which Ben Stokes was arrested. However, One-Day cricket is a different ball game altogether. More importantly, England needed only 17 more runs to win.

"You need an impact bowler and hopefully throughout the series they can produce impact spells. It's by no stretch of the imagination impossible for us".

He got a half-century in 32 balls, reached his first hundred off 92 balls, got to 150 in 126 balls, and then On 91, Roy had been given lbw against legspinner Adam Zampa, but chose to review the decision.

Jason Roy of England leaves the field.

"On 170 I tried to hit one over mid-off and Root turned round and said, 'What are you doing?" I was counting down the minutes to when I could come off and have a break.

"They got off to an absolute flyer".

Chasing a challenging target, England started off on a positive note.

Australia were powerless to prevent England strolling to victory with seven balls remaining and will reflect upon their innings with the bat being the key to their demise. He notched his ton in 92 balls, which was the joint second-fastest century by an English batsman against Australia after Eoin Morgan's ton off 85 balls at Southampton in 2010.