After not being included in the squad for the Test series, Jason Roy had a point to prove making his way to the limited-overs squad. The right-hand batsman hammered 180 runs in just 150 balls with the help of 16 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 120 to help England in attaining their first win in the tour. Roy played at a fast pace and ensured that England kept up with the asking run rate, in spite of losing two early wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales. His score of 180 is the highest ever individual score made by an England batsman in ODI. It is also the second highest individual score made by any batsman against Australia. Roy was supported on the other end by Joe Root who also completed his 25th Test fifty and reached 91 runs. England chased down the total of 305 with 3 overs remaining and won the first ODI at MCG by 5 wickets. It is the first time any team has chased down the total of over 300 runs in Melbourne. The victory gives the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series.
Australia vs England 1st ODI highlights
1635 hrs IST: AND ENGLAND WIN THE MATCH to take the lead in the 5-match series by 1-0. Moeen Ali hits the boundary to give the victory in a style. England win the match by 5 wickets.
1630 hrs IST: WICKET! Jos Buttler departs with England needing 3 runs to win and what a waste of a wicket that is! Buttler really did not need to prove a shot like that.
1620 hrs IST: WICKET! Pat Cummins gets the breakthrough and it is skipper Eoin Morgan who departs on 1. Easy catch for Steve Smith. ENG 288/4
1610 hrs IST: WICKET! Jason Roy departs on 180 and his innings come to an end finally. England need 22 runs to win in 36 balls.
1555 hrs IST: Jason Roy’s 173* is the highest score ever made by any England batsman in ODIs. Can he get to 200 here at MCG?
1550 hrs IST: England need less than 50 runs to win at MCG and Roy and Root are still on the crease. Australia are staring at their first defeat in the series.
1540 hrs IST: 150 up for Jason Roy! Can he go on to reach his double hundred here? England just need 70 runs to win.
1530 hrs IST: Jason Roy has completely taken the game away from Australia here. England just need 89 runs to win in 16 overs. Can Australia find a way to get back into the game?
1500 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR JOE ROOT! Joe Root completed his 25th ODI fifty with a single and it has come in 59 balls. This partnership has exceeded 100 runs and Australia badly need a wicket here to get back into the game.
1455 hrs IST: HUNDRED FOR JASON ROY and he jumps up in the air with joy! What an innings for him this has been as he compelted his ton in 91 balls with the help of 9 fours and 3 sixes. His 4th ODI ton and it has come at the perfect time for him.
WOOOOHHOOOOO – @JasonRoy20!
YOU ABSOLUTE BEAUTY!
— KP (@KP24) January 14, 2018
1445 hrs IST: Jason Roy enters the nervous 90s and he is on his way to score his 4th ODI century here. It has been a smart innings for him as he has ensured the England are always at par with the required run rate.
1430 hrs IST: Australia have managed to slow down England’s run rate with Adam Zampa on attack. But this partnership has already gone on for too long and is looking really dangerous. They need a wicket here.
1420 hrs IST: Jason Roy and Joe Root have already stitched a 60-run partnership here and Australia need to get a wicket here to get back into the game.
1400 hrs IST: 100 up for England and it has come at a mighty quick time. England are scoring at a run rate of over 7 here and Australia need to get wickets to stop the run flow.
1350 hrs IST: FIFTY for Jason Roy! It took him just 32 deliveries to complete his 12th ODI fifty. He completes it in style with a cracking four off debutant Andrew Tye.
1340 hrs IST: It had been a good start for England with Jason Roy firing a quick 40. But two quick wickets in succession has slowed down England’s run rate.
1330 hrs IST: WICKET! And another one gone for England. It’s Alex Hales who mistimed his pull shot. Short ball does the trick for Pat Cummins. ENG 60/2
1325 hrs IST: WICKET! Jonny Bairstow spoils the perfect start for England as he edged a wrong delivery from Mitchell Starc straight to Tim Paine. Huge relief for Australia. ENG 53/1
1310 hrs IST: It has been a good start for England with both Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow hammering Australian seamers for boundaries. England are scoring runs at a fast pace and are keeping with the required run rate.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) 14 January 2018
1300 hrs IST: Here we go with England chase. No side has ever chased over 300 runs at MCG. Mitchell Starc with the new ball and it’s Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow in the middle for England.
1227 hrs IST: FOUR! Andrew Tye ends Australia’s innings with a boundary. Poor fielding at mid-wicket. The fielder commits to a catch and lets the ball go towards the boundary. Australia reach 304/8 in 50 overs. England need 305 to win.
1225 hrs IST: WICKET! Pat Cummins departs after hitting a boundary to take Australia’s total to 300. One ball to go.
1220 hrs IST: WICKET! Wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine departs on 27 and it is Liam Plunkett who gets the wicket. Four balls to go, can Australia reach 300 here?
1200 hrs IST: WICKET! Marcus Stoinis’ show come to and end with a soft dismissal and it is Chris Woakes who gets the wicket. Stoinis departs on 60 and he hammered it in real quick time. Australia are on their way to 300 here.
1150 hrs IST: SIX! Fifty for Marcus Stoinis! He completed his half century in just 37 balls and this must really frustrate England.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) 14 January 2018
1125 hrs IST: WICKET! Mitchell Marsh is gone just after scoring his half century. A googly from Adil Rashid gets England the much-needed breakthrough and the visitors are now looking to come back into the game with two big wickets in quick succession.
1120 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR MITCHELL MARSH! It has been a terrific innings from the right-handed batsman. He kept his cool and calm on the pitch and punished deliveries that were slightly off.
1110 hrs IST: WICKET! And that’s Aaron Finch gone! Easy catch behind the stumps to the wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. Moeen Ali gets his man, and it’s a huge relief for the visitors.
— Peter Siddle (@petersiddle403) 14 January 2018
1100 hrs IST: SIX! HUNDRED FOR AARON FINCH! What a way to score his 9th ODI hundred and it comes against England at MCG. He has put Australia in a commanding position here.
1050 hrs IST: Aaron Finch takes a single and completes his 3000 ODI runs. He enters into 80s and is on his way to score his 9th century.
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) 14 January 2018
1040 hrs IST: Australia have played 27 overs in their innings and scored 147. In that process, they have lost three wickets. Marsh and Finch at the crease
1030 hrs IST: Mitchell Marsh has been a good support for Finch here. He is just focussed on rotating the strike and given more time to Finch to play his innings.
1010 hrs IST: FIFTY! Finch clearly showing his class here. He has a half-century in no time and looking good for a century here
1000 hrs IST: Finch is looking in great form here! Another four. He is not sparing any bowler. Australia need him to continue till the end and revive this innings.
0936 hrs IST: Gone! Steve Smith has been dismissed and it is Adil Rashid who has given England the breakthrough! What a wicket. It was a bit wide with a hint of turn. Smith has got an inside edge. Buttler takes a good catch behind the stumps
0930 hrs IST: 50 up for Australia in the 10th over. Smith and Finch have been very good against this England bowling. After 10 overs, Australia are 52 for the loss of one wicket
0910 hrs IST: Nine overs bowled in the Australian innings. They are 23 for 1 with Steve Smith and Aaron Finch at the crease
0857 hrs IST: WICKET! David Warner is gone early. Brilliant bowling from Mark Wood. He pitches one short and it is quick. Warner can only lob it to slips where Root takes the catch
0850 hrs IST: Okay, here we go! Chris Woakes will bowl to Aaron Finch. And what a start for Finch and Australia. A beautiful drive from Finch through mid-on to get four!
0837 hrs IST: Will England miss Ben Stokes in this lineup? Or can they cope up with the absence of Stokes in Australia? Big test for them
0830 hrs IST: England XI — Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood
Australia XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye
0825 hrs IST: England have won the toss and they have elected to bowl against Australia in Melbourne. Interesting decision that
0815 hrs IST: Big match for England as well. They have been brilliant in the 50-over games in the recent past and a win here would be so good for them.
0800 hrs IST: Welcome to the coverage of the first ODI between Australia and England. After the Test series, this will be a big test for England.