Record-breaking Jason Roy guides England to first win in Australia

Bairstow’s opportunity at the top of the order came through Hales’ misbehaviour outside a Bristol nightclub
Bairstow’s opportunity at the top of the order came through Hales’ misbehaviour outside a Bristol nightclub Mark Evans Getty Images

15 January, 2018

He said: 'It's quite evident when he scores runs he's quite imposing at the crease and today was no different.

"To be out there on the MCG, win the game and make a score like that is incredibly special", he said.

Roy surpassed teammate Alex Hales's previous ODI best of 171 during his 151-ball knock as England cruised home with seven balls to spare in a morale-boosting victory, after a demoralising 4-0 loss in the Ashes Tests.

Roy added: 'He wasn't too happy about that by the sounds of things, it's one of the first things the boys said about Halesy being pretty disappointed'. "Incredibly special, I don't have too many words right now". This is also England's first win of the tour after a dismal Ashes performance.

"We tried everything we could to pull them back and take wickets but it wasn't our night".

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

"[His innings against Australia] is on the back of a tough summer but he finished it incredibly well", Morgan said. I think we've done it and there's a lot more smiles going on now.

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England captain Eoin Morgan said the return of Roy, who missed selection in the Champions Trophy a year ago, and Root's shift down to No. 4 had really lengthened the batting lineup.

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. "It kind of gave me a bit of a kick to recognise where I'm at, where my preparation is and start building up a platform to get ready for internationals. There is a long way to go but it is a great way to start".

"Just like the last time, I didn't have any idea, I was just doing what I needed to do for the team and being aggressive".

Australia included Adam Zampa's leg spin and also the West Australian AJ Tye for his maiden ODI appearance, with Cameron White and Jhye Richardson left to await opportunities at a later point in the series. "Some innings you hit them straight to fielders, some innings you don't".

Though they ended up needing to chase more runs than had ever been successfully run down in a match at the MCG, England were given a collective spring in their step by the early venom shown by Mark Wood, fit again after his latest injury problems.

He survived a run-out scare and an lbw decision which was overturned upon review, and lofted several balls just out of the reach of frustrated Australian fielders on the way to his fifth ODI century.

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