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Jason Roy’s record-breaking knock vs Australia gives England series lead

Jason Roy created history in the first ODI between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as he got the individual score for England in ODIs, helping Eoin Morgan’s side start the bilateral series with a record win.

cricket Updated: Jan 14, 2018 17:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Jason Roy notched up the highest individual score by an England batsman in ODIs as England beat Australia by five wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match series. (AFP)

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. (AUSTRALIA vs ENGLAND SCORECARD)

Roy’s brilliant knock, which included 16 fours and five sixes, combined with a magnificent 91* from Joe Root helped England chase down 305 with seven balls to spare to go 1-0 up in the five-match series. The Surrey right-hander, who had blasted 84 and 96 against West Indies in his previous two ODIs and had a moderate run for Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League, tore into the Australian attack as Aaron Finch’s century went in vain.

Here are some of the records shattered by the England batsman and his team.

180 - Roy’s score is the highest individual score for England in ODIs, beating Alex Hales’ 171 against Pakistan in Nottingham in 2016.

305 - The highest total chased at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, eclipsing the previous mark of 297 achieved by Australia against England in the 2011 series.

167 - The previous highest individual score for England in ODIs against Australia, by Robin Smith in Birmingham in 1993.

126 - The number of runs scored by Shikhar Dhawan in an ODI chase in Australia, which was the highest before the Melbourne ODI. Dhawan achieved this feat in Canberra.

2 - Number of 150+ scores for Roy in ODIs. His previous highest was 162 against Sri Lanka at The Oval in 2016. This is the most by an England batsman in ODIs.

2 - Second time that an overseas team has chased down a target in excess of 300 in an ODI in Australia. India chased down 331 in the Sydney ODI in 2016.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 17:15 IST