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Roy powers England to first victory of the series

Roy powers England to first victory of the series

However, Roy put on a record-breaking 180 off 151 balls as England pulled off the highest ODI chase at the MCG to record a five-wicket win and bring about an upturn in fortunes following the 4-0 Test-series defeat.

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. "It's a good start to the series but it's by no means finished, we want to be as ruthless as possible".

WITH the Ashes done and dusted Australia will turn their attention to the short format of the game in the opening one-day global against England at the MCG.

When Finch reached 75 he surpassed 3,000 ODI runs and went on to a century from 112 balls, raising the milestone with a six off legspinner Adil Rashid, the third of his innings.

England's captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl first against Australia in the first ODI at the MCG.

Adam Zampa thought he had the breakthrough when he had Roy given out lbw on 91, but the on field decision was overturned on review. Stoinis was the one to capitalize, reaching his second ODI half century from 37 balls with five fours and a six.

Roy was still coming to terms with his achievement after the match.

"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 one of the first things the boys said, about Halesy being pretty. err. disappointed!"

Australian captain Steve Smith praised Roy for his bold knock.

Smith admitted that Roy was too good for his side, and said: "He didn't give us a chance, and he chanced his arm".

Joe Root (91 not out) played a fine supporting role in a mammoth third-wicket partnership of 221 as England pulled off the highest ODI chase in Melbourne easily, comfortably overhauling their opponents' total of 304-8 with seven balls to spare.

But burly opener Finch filled the void with a dashing hundred, his ninth in one-day internationals and fourth against England.

Australia's innings featured 107 from Aaron Finch, together with fifties from Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis, but those contributions were soon made to look insignificant as Roy took centre stage.

Liam Plunkett claimed three wickets but went for 71 runs from his 10 overs, while Mark Wood was the most impressive of the English bowlers with the wicket of Warner in his return of 1-49.


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