Record-breaking Jason Roy leads England to ODI victory
Jason Roy scored a record-breaking 180 runs to lead England to a five-wicket victory over Australia in the first One-Day International.
The opener beat Alex Hales previous record of 171 to become the highest-scoring England player in an ODI before being caught late on off Mitchell Starc’s bowling.
Australia had earlier scored 304-8 to set England the challenge of completing the highest successful run chase at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Aaron Finch top-scored with 107 before being caught by Jonny Bairstow, with Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis adding 50 and 60 respectively.
A Liam Plunkett hat-trick saw him finish with figures of 3-71, while Moeen Ali limited the Australian run rate with figures of 1-39 off 10 overs.
Bairstow (14) and Hales (4) fell early in the England innings but Roy and Joe Root built up a partnership of 221 to lead the tourists to victory.
Root remained on 91 not out as Ali came in to hit a boundary and finish the match with an over to spare.