Australia v England
1st ODI – MCG 14th January 2018
England showed that they will be a force at the next World Cup with a dazzling display at the MCG. Jason Roy (180) lead a new look England ODI team, that showed that they won’t make the same mistakes as the 2015 World Cup.
England were on the front foot immediately. Captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and had no hesitation in sending Australia in on a green MCG pitch. Mark Wood made the early breakthrough, with David Warner being surprised by the extra bounce. Warner was struck on the shoulder of the bat and caught behind for two.
Aaron Finch showed his BBL confidence peeling off a brutal century (107). Despite Finch’s century, the Australian innings never got going, losing wickets at regular intervals. Steve Smith fell to the leg spin of Rashid and Travis Head was bowled by Plunkett for five.
Mitch Marsh (50) and Marcus Stoinis (60) hung around with Finch and 350 was on the cards. Both fell trying to up the run-rate.
England was determined to make history from ball one. Within the first five overs, England were 1/57. Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow filled the English middle order with a quiet confidence.
Joe Root (90*) joined Jason Roy after the fall of Alex Hales (3) and they combined for a record 221 third wicket partnership. Roy rode his luck with several top edges and a DRS referral falling in his favour.
Roy’s innings saw records tumble. He hit the highest individual ODI score by an Englishman. He now owns the highest individual score at the MCG, surpassing Mark Waugh’s 173 in 2001.
In chasing down Australia’s 304, England recorded the highest chase at the MCG surpassing Australia’s 297 in the corresponding fixture in the 2010-2011 series. England also equalled their highest overseas run chase in ODI cricket.
With Pat Cummins expected to be rested for the second ODI at the Gabba, Australia have their work cut out for them. Veteran Cameron White is expected to line-up at the Gabba and Josh Hazlewood is expected to return for Cummins.
Australia 304/8 in 50 overs (Aaron Finch 107, Marcus Stoinis 60, Mitchell Marsh 50; Adil Rashid 2-73) lost to England 308/5 in 48.5 overs (Jason Roy 180, Joe Root 91*; Pat Cummins 2-63) by five wickets.
Australia XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith (c), Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye
England XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood
2017-18 International Fixtures – Gillette ODI Series v England
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
First ODI MCG, January 14.
Second ODI Gabba, January 19.
Third ODI SCG, January 21.
Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26.
Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28.