Australia v England: Tourists will be 'ruthless' in ODI series - Jason Roy

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

Roy was relentless as he piled on 180 in the opening match of the ODI series, beating Alex Hales' previous mark by nine runs and also eclipsing Mark Waugh's record on this ground of 173. Knowing each other's roles is important and everybody knows their own roles.

Root knows they have to deliver and his team have to be more consistent with the bat to compete to win an Ashes series.

For what it is worth too, I stand by my initial belief that England should not have appointed Bayliss in the first place and that they chose to recruit the wrong Australian. It has turned round incredibly quickly, that's the nature of this game - especially in one-day and T20 cricket.

Ahead of a busy global schedule, including home Test matches against India and Pakistan, England coach Trevor Bayliss has urged Root to skip the 2018 Indian Premier League.

"I've got time going into the New Zealand series to get myself clear on how I want to move forward, and if the lads aren't prepared to get onboard with that then we've got to go with something different", he warned. I think we've done it and there's a lot more smiles going on now.

England captain Eoin Morgan said Roy's record-breaking century showed his "character" after he was dropped past year. More importantly, England needed only 17 more runs to win. "But you just have to take these things on the chin". Australia 199 for 4 after 36 overs.

With Travis Head (5) also failing to fire, Marsh continued his strong summer after being picked ahead of Cameron White. "Some innings you hit them straight to fielders, some innings you don't". Bairstow had been the man to replace Roy for the semi-final of the Champions Trophy: in six innings he has scored 345 runs including two centuries so isn't going anywhere. "It's by no stretch of the imagination impossible for us".

Adam Zampa thought he had the breakthrough when he had Roy given out lbw on 91, but the on field decision was overturned on review. We weren't able to do that, and we didn't start as well as we'd like with the ball either, they got off to a flying start. I was counting down the minutes to when I could come off and have a break.

England made light work of polishing off their target of 305, cruising home by five wickets with seven balls to spare despite a late flurry of three wickets for 21 runs.

32 - Balls for Roy's 50, the quickest in ODIs for an England batsman against Australia.

"Incredible from Jason. He's quite imposing as a batsman", Morgan said. "Obviously the boys have copped it a bit over the last month or so and to see Woody coming in and doing that is a huge positive for us and he's a massive asset I think".

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