Jason Roy hits record 180 in five-wicket victory

Eoin Morgan said England always expected Jason Roy to come good again, after the opener compiled a record-breaking 180 to guide his side to an emphatic victory in the first one-day worldwide against Australia.

Five balls in and England fans were already thumbing through the pages of an Ashes tragedy in their minds, desperate to get the red pen out.

The successful chase was also a record for a one-day global at the MCG, eclipsing Australia's 297 for four against England in 2011, and vindicated captain Eoin Morgan's decision to bowl first.

Roy who scored 180 off just 151 balls, overhauled Alex Hales' 171 as the record highest individual ODI score for England.

Despite the late dismissals of Roy, captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, England calmly secured a 1-0 lead in the five-match series in an impressive start following the 4-0 defeat in the Ashes. Knowing our middle order is incredibly special and talented and can win games from anywhere.

Aaron Finch scored 107, while Marcus Stoinis (60) and Mitchell Marsh (50) added fifties as Australia posted 304-8 in Melbourne.

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Returning to the ODI summit is one of Smith's key goals after Australia went winless in last year's Champions Trophy and suffered series losses in New Zealand and India. "It was nice to get a few yesterday, but I was really disappointed to get out at the time I did", Marsh told reporters in Brisbane on Monday (January 15). David Warner appears on this list twice, with scores of 179 and 178 against Pakistan and Afghanistan respectively.

"I think it's definitely important not to look too far ahead but this is a good opportunity for us guys and the young guys coming in to cement our places in the World Cup team", Mitchell Marsh said.

"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 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". By contrast, Roy had barely fired a shot for Sydney Sixers, but came into his own for England. Wood's third drew a tough catching chance at cover before he squared Warner up two balls later to find the shoulder of the bat for a simple catch to Joe Root at second slip, for two.

"We tried everything we could to pull them back and take wickets but it wasn't our night".

Jason Roy of England celebrates reaching his century with Joe Root.

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