Australia vs England ODI Series

Alex Hales

Alex Hales

Australia: Steve Smith (capt.), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White and Adam Zampa.

The 28-year-old, who was recovering from an ankle injury during the Test series, took just seven balls to send down the second-fastest England delivery of the summer at 149.3km/h.

"It was an absolute honour to be out there on the MCG and to get a score like that", said Surrey batsman Roy, basking in what could prove a career-defining display which included five sixes and 16 fours.

England started their innings in lightning fashion before the loss of Jonny Bairstow and Hales in quick succession preceded a match-defining 221-run stand between Roy and Root. "Incredibly special, I don't have too many words right now".

English captain Eoin Morgan had earlier won the toss on a pitch with a reasonable sprinkling of grass, the type of somewhat lively deck that would have been welcomed much more on Boxing Day than a wicket so dead it led to strong criticism from the ICC.

"He's (Roy) imposing at the crease, and what a way to start the series".

Captain Eoin Morgan has put England's one-day side on World Cup alert, with a year to establish themselves as the team to beat in 2019.

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Aaron Finch earlier scored his ninth one-day global century, combining with Mitch Marsh (50) for a 118-run partnership as the hosts reached 8-304 from their 50 overs. "As a coach, the one attribute he has is the ability to take the pressure away from any player at a time when you need it and that has helped me massively", said Morgan. Hopefully that was just a little blip. "It sums up the character of the bloke, coming back in".

"When he has played he's been brilliant, and Pudsey (Plunkett) has had a reasonable amount of time off so he's quite fresh", he said.

"It was a tough decision to leave him out but we always knew he was part of our plans".

England, however, with an explosive and long batting line-up are unlikely to daunted by the task at hand.

And opposite number Steve Smith agreed, saying: 'We probably left ourselves a few short, we lost a few wickets in the middle which probably stopped us from going as hard as we would have liked at the back end.

'He chanced his arm and it came off tonight, and he was supported really well by Joe Root'.

"You feel like "jeez, I hope he makes a mistake and we can get him out" but it was just his night". We weren't able to do that, and we didn't start as well as we'd like with the ball either, they got off to a flying start. More importantly, the wickets that we've played on, we've adapted to them.

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