180! Remarkable Roy makes maximum impact as England cruise home at MCG

Jan 15, 2018, 00:06
180! Remarkable Roy makes maximum impact as England cruise home at MCG

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

"It was an absolute honour to be out there on the MCG and to get a score like that, to win our first game of the series is incredibly special".

Opener Jason Roy recorded the highest-ever one-day global score by an England player as the tourists finally had something to celebrate with a five-wicket win over Australia on Sunday.

"I think the main thing is knowing how good each other is", Roy said. There's not many words right now but I'm sure in the next couple of days I'll have a bit more. This is also England's first win of the tour after a dismal Ashes performance.

"We've got to sort out our one-day cricket, it hasn't been as good as we would have liked over the past 12-18 months".

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"It was obviously quite tough, we knew the boys were going to be a bit down and it was our task to come in and lighten up the mood, bring the positivity and get the boys going. We've done that and there are a lot more smiles around the place now".

Even though captain Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler fell shortly after, England reached their target with seven balls to spare thank to Root's unbeaten 91, which came off 110 balls and included five boundaries.

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.

His efforts were all the more rewarding after a forgettable 2017, when he was dropped for England's Champions Trophy semi-final before returning to the ODI side towards the end of the summer against the West Indies. "Knowing our middle order is incredibly special and talented and can win games from anywhere".

"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".

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Roy said he "didn't have any idea" he was about to break Hales' record, set when England made the highest-ever ODI total of 444 against Pakistan in 2016. "Some innings you hit them straight to fielders, some innings you don't".

He was seemingly trapped lbw by 91 by spinner Adam Zampa on 91, but a review showed the ball hit him outside the line of off stump and the decision was overturned.

Chasing a challenging target, England started off on a positive note.

Australia captain Steve Smith said his team's total was nearly 40 runs short of expected, and the early bowlers came under attack from England's top order.

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