Australia suffering from Ashes hangover: Mitchell Marsh after loss in 1st ODI

Australia suffering from Ashes hangover: Mitchell Marsh after loss in 1st ODI

Jason Roy gave England 180 reasons to smile after the 0-4 Ashes walloping as he notched the highest individual score by an England batsman to give the visitors a record five-wicket win in the first ODI against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Half centuries from Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis ensured that the home team crossed the 300-run mark which is still not considered to be a par score.

Australia captain Steve Smith, left, and England counterpart Eoin Morgan will play in a series of five one-day internationals.

"It was a tough decision to leave him out but we always knew he was part of our plans".

Steve Smith joined Aaron Finch at the crease at the fall of the Warner wicket and just as the pair started to build a solid partnership, Adil Rashid struck to remove Smith for 23.

Earlier Smith conceded he would also have elected to bowl but said he was comfortable with batting first.

Both teams are vastly different to their Test line-ups, with a number of limited-overs specialists coming in as they start to prepare for next year's World Cup. During his breathtaking hundred, Roy passed his previous best of 162 off 118 balls, scored against Sri Lanka at The Oval in 2016.

In the last 10 overs, England need just 36 runs with eight wickets in hand.

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"Giving them some of their own medicine was quite nice".

Roy had dropped out of the England side last summer following a series of low scores, with Bairstow and Hales the preferred opening pairing during the first three ODIs against Windies in September.

The 27-year-old Roy raced to his fifty off 32 balls but then took another 60 to get his ton - an impressive sign of maturity from the famously hot-headed batsman. "He was supported really well by Joe Root as well".

At the MCG yesterday, where he revealed his character and mental strength, Roy - who has yet to play a Test match - provided the sort of spark that was missing during the Ashes, riding his luck but carrying the fight to Australia's attack. "Tried everything to take wickets but wasn't to be tonight".

"If we got 340, 350 that's what we were after".

Australia captain Smith credited England, but felt Australia should have added more to its tally.

Australia, who are trailing 0-1 in the five-match series, will play their second ODI against England on January 19 at the Gabba.

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