Life After The Ashes
The first ODI between Australia and England did not go as planned, certainly not as Australia would have planned, in any event. Australian opener Jason Roy hit the highest One Day International score by an English player as he made his way all the way to a fantastic score of 180 on Sunday, contributing in a big way to England beating Australia by 5 wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
What makes the victory all that more satisfying for England is that the win and seven balls to spare comes on the back of England having been beaten 4-0 by Australia in the very recent Ashes Series. To add insult to injury, the day also made for a record for an ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, overshadowing Australia’s 297 for 4 back in 2011, at the same venue.
Setting New Records
Roy managed to set the new record in partnership with captain Joe Root, and was still surprised at this own record score for a while after the game had ended. Roy had a very willing and able partner in Root, who had been taunted by the Australians as well as the unbearable weather conditions for the entirety of the Ashes Test. The English captain was obviously not going to let up on a chance like this to get his own back, even just by association and partnership.
However, Roy was the true star of the partnership, hitting over the top and driving the ball powerfully down along the ground. It took just 32 balls to reach the first 50, but it was obvious that the slow start by opening partner Bairstow had instilled in Roy a tendency to go at it carefully with Root.
The slow play was soon put to the side when Roy hit his 4th century in a One Day International for England. This seemed to fire it up for the 27 year old, who soon upped the ante by surging onwards toward 150 for 126 balls, ultimately passing the previous record set by Hales when England played Pakistan in 2016.
The ultimate reward was, of course, having surpassed Mark Waugh’s previous record of 173 for the highest number of runs scored at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against the West Indies in 2001.
A Starc-Richardson partnership eventually saw the back of Roy when he was caught out by the sub-fielder just short of a double century.
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