ENGLAND TOUR OF AUSTRALIA 2018
Jason Roy led the way striking 16 fours and five sixes en route a 151-ball 180. © Getty
England made light work of the Australian total of 304 in the first of the five One-Day Internationals in Melbourne to take a 1-0 lead on Sunday (January 14). Jason Roy led the way striking 16 fours and five sixes en route a 151-ball 180. Joe Root played the anchor role then, hitting an unbeaten 91 to see off the chase. Earlier in the day, Australia’s total was powered by skipper Aaron Finch’s ninth ODI hundred (107) as his love affair with England at the venue continued. Mitchell Marsh (50) and Marcus Stoinis (60) also scored fifties while Liam Pluckett took three scalps for England.
Stats highlights from the first ODI from the MCG:
180 by Jason Roy is the highest for an England player in ODI cricket going past 171 by Alex Hales against Pakistan in Trent Bridge in 2016. It is also his personal best eclipsing the 162 he made against Sri Lanka at the Oval in 2016.
Highest individual scores for England in ODIs
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1 – Individual scores in Australia higher than Roy’s 180 – Chris Gayle scoring 215 against Zimbabwe in Canberra during the 2015 World Cup. It is also the highest against Australia in ODIs in Australia surpassing Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 171 at the WACA in 2016.
3 – scores higher than Roy’s 180 in ODI run chases. Shane Watson (185*), MS Dhoni (183*) and Virat Kohli have scored more while Martin Guptill has hit an unbeaten 180 against South Africa in Hamilton last year.
221-run stand between Roy and Root is the highest partnership for any wicket for England against Australia going past the 202-run stand between Graham Gooch and David Gower at Lord’s way back in 1985. It the second-highest stand against Australia in Australia after 237-run opening wicket stand between Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu at the SCG in 2003.
0 – Third-wicket partnerships for England higher than the 221 between Root and Roy. They went past the 213-run stand between Neil Fairbrother and Graeme Hick against Windies at Lord’s in 1991. It is also the highest third-wicket stand against Australia in all ODIs surpassing 206 between AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis in Harare in 2014.
82 – Innings taken by Finch to reach 3000 runs in ODIs, joint fifth fastest for Australia after Steve Smith (79), George Bailey (80), Michael Bevan (80) and David Warner (81). Among players who have not yet featured in Test cricket, he is the third player to hit 3000 runs after Steve Tikolo (3428) and William Porterfield (3439).
4 – Hundreds for Finch against England in 18 ODIs. Only Ricky Ponting and Mahela Jayawardene have scored more against them – five each in 39 and 47 ODIs respectively. Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara and Yuvraj Singh have also scored four each against England.
3 – Hundreds for Finch against England at the MCG in as many matches. In the previous two meetings against the old enemy at his home ground, he scored 121 and 135. He became the third player to hit hundreds in three consecutive ODIs against an opponent at a particular venue after Saeed Anwar against Sri Lanka in Sharjah in 1993 and Virat Kohli against Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS in 2012-17.