Jason Roy blasts England’s highest ODI score in five-wicket win over Australia

• Australia 304-8 (50 overs); England 308-5 (48.5)
• Roy hits 180 and Root makes 91* in five-wicket win

That’s one way to secure your first proper win of an Australia tour. The Ashes may be gone but England kicked off the one-day internationals with the most thumping of five-wicket wins in the first of a five-game series. For that, they have Jason Roy to thank. Chasing 305 for victory, Roy pillaged 180 of them on his own, carving 16 fours and five sixes to set a new record for the highest score by an Englishman in ODIs, beating Alex Hales’ 171 set against Pakistan in 2016.

Earlier, a ninth ODI hundred by the Australian opener Aaron Finch looked to have ensured an even tussle. His 112-ball effort was measured and serene, powerful but crafted as by a carpenter. For each heave there were a few deft touches. Roy, by contrast, was a man with a chainsaw in each hand taking down a forest.

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