Australia vs England 1st ODI: 5 Talking Points

It was the blistering knock of Jason Roy which helped England take the lead in the five-match series.

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Joe Root of England bats. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

England started the limited overs series in the finest manners with an eight-wicket win against Australia in the first ODI at the MCG. Keeping the big Ashes series win aside, the hosts came into this game to dominate their way in the shorter format as well, but the visitors surely disrupted their plans. English opener Jason Roy played an incredible knock of 180 runs to guide his team towards the victory after Australia scored 304 runs for the loss of eight wickets.

England bowlers were able to pick up wickets at regular intervals that proved to be a major reason for the win, unlike the Test series where their bowlers seemed to be struggling. Aaron Finch scored a magnificent hundred that got his team in a better position after the early wickets. But in reply to Australia’s 304-8, Roy played a memorable innings, who came into this match after not having a good run in the limited overs format in the previous games. He occupied the crease for a crucial 221-run match-winning stand with the England Test captain Joe Root.

Here are the five talking points from the first ODI match between Australia and England:

1. Aaron Finch scores a great hundred

Australia’s innings was dented early as the Aussie opener David Warner departed back to the pavilion in the second over of the game. But his fellow opener Aaron Finch played a crucial innings of 107 runs which included 10 fours and three sixes, that laid the foundation for a big first innings total, as wickets kept on crumbling at the other end. He stitched an important 118-run partnership with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh that got their team in a better position.

2. Stoinis and Paine’s 80-run stand acts as a recovery

After the big wickets of Finch and Marsh, Australia got themselves into a troublesome situation with the scorecard reading 205-5 after 38 overs. Then hard-hitting all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and returning wicket-keeper batsman Tim Paine partnered along to put an essential 80-run stand, which rescued the Australian innings as the former also scored an aggressive half-century. Because of their partnership, the hosts were able to put a fighting total of 304 runs in the allotted 50 overs, that too after losing the toss on a track that looked got for batting.

3. England bowlers conceded too many runs

The English bowlers were bowling quite well in the initial stages of the match as they got the prized scalps of Warner and Aussie skipper, Steve Smith, very early. They reduced the hosts to 78-3 in the 15 overs, but then failed to stop the flow of runs and spilled the big advantage gained with the early wickets. England fast bowler Liam Plunkett and leg-spinner Adil Rashid shared five wickets among them, still, all the bowlers ended with pretty expensive figures which allowed the hosts to put up a competitive total on the board.

4. Roy’s blistering knock

English opener Jason Roy was coming into this game after getting dropped from the national team after several consistent failures but was given another opportunity to showcase his talent and potential at this stage. The big-hitting opener surely justified his selection with a fiery knock of 180 runs off just 151 balls, which included 16 fours and 5 big strikes that brought his team in a commanding position. He established a strong partnership with Root that totally turned the tables for the visiting team.

5. Roy and Root provide a match-winning stand

In reply to Australia‘s first innings score, England batters started things in a very aggressive manner as they scored 60 runs in the first six overs but also lost two early wickets. Then swashbuckling opener Roy and English Test captain Root joined hands for an outstanding 221-run partnership that proved to be the difference between the two quality sides. Root played an important supporting role in the chase as he remained unbeaten on 91 runs and took his team over the line in the opening game of the limited overs series.

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