England claim record ODI win over Aussies
Jason Roy has pounded a record-breaking 180 to power England to a comprehensive five-wicket victory over Australia in Sunday’s ODI series-opener at the MCG.
Set an imposing 305 to win on the back of a century from Aussie opener Aaron Finch, the visitors easily chased down the target with seven balls to spare after Roy blazed his way to the highest-ever ODI score by an England batsman.
It is the highest ODI run chase ever at the MCG, exceeding the 296 made by Australia against India in 2016.
Roy’s incredible knock
Having averaged just 10 in six matches for Sydney Sixers in the KFC BBL, Roy exploded out-of-the-blocks in the run chase as he and Jonny Bairstow clattered seven fours and two sixes in less than four-and-a-half overs from Mitchell Starc and Patrick Cummins.
There were nifty reverse sweeps, hacks, soaring pulls and towering slaps down the ground. He would finally depart as he arrived, swiping with contempt straight down the mouth of Jhye Richardson at deep square leg, however, not before departing with 180 to his name and passing Mark Waugh’s 173 as the ODI highest score at the MCG. It ended a quality partnership with Joe Root – 221 – the highest third-wicket stand for England in ODIs. Root ensured he was present to steer England home, finishing unbeaten on 91, as they cruised to victory.
Steve Smith sees value in England’s reckless method
Having watched his side’s impotence against Jason Roy’s onslaught, Steve Smith has witnessed the ‘new’ kind of batting that his side may need to adopt.
Smith said that Australia may fall behind their oldest rivals if they don’t adopt the same carefree and reckless approach.
“It looks like the way they play is for everyone to go really hard and Joe Root is sort of the rock in the middle. He just plays good cricket and guys bat around him.” Smith said.
Despite their crushing win, England are great value as $2.20 outsiders for the second ODI at The Gabba on Friday, with Australia at $1.66 with CrownBet.