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England Beat Australia in Melbourne ODI

Melbourne (January 14, 2018): England have beaten Australia in the One Day International in Melbourne today.

Open batsman Jason Roy thrashed 180 from 151 balls, the highest score by an Englishman in ODIs, as England completed a record run chase at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to draw first blood in their five-match series against Australia.Roy’s innings, which contained 16 fours and five sixes, helped England pass Australia’s total of 304-8 in 48.5 overs.Roy coasted to a fourth England century having successfully overturned an LBW dismissal on 91, with Adam Zampa’s ball shown to have struck him outside the line of off-stump.The 27-year-old shared an England-record third-wicket stand of 221 with Joe Root – Root looking completely over the gastroenteritis that had blighted him on day five of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney a week ago.

Earlier, an Aaron Finch century was the cornerstone of an imposing Australian total in the first one-day international against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

After being sent in to bat by England captain Eoin Morgan, the home side posted 304 for eight from their 50 overs.

Finch’s century was backed by fifties from Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis as Australia recovered from a shaky start in which the tourists finally managed to get bogeyman Steve Smith cheaply.

Fresh from scoring three centuries as Australia won the Ashes 4-0, Smith looked in commanding touch again as he scored at better than a run a ball, but was caught behind from the bowling of spinner Adil Rashid for just 23.

Dangerman David Warner lasted just five balls — and one of those was a dropped catch — in making two.

But burly opener Finch filled the void with a dashing hundred, his ninth in one-day internationals and fourth against England.

Finch set the tone when he hit two of the first three balls he faced for four and struck the ball powerfully in making 107, smashing 10 fours and three sixes.

The second game of the five-match series takes place in Brisbane on Friday, with the third then held at Sydney next Sunday.



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