By George Marrable
- England bounced back from Ashes defeat to win the first ODI with Australia
- The tourists took a 1-0 lead in the series with a 5 wicket victory
- Jason Roy led England to victory with a magnificent 180.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – After a disappointing Ashes series that saw them lose 4-0 to Australia, England showed they would be no such pushovers in the ODI series with a comprehensive five wicket victory.
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Aaron Finch – 9/10 – Australia’s stand out player in the innings was big-hitting Finch, leading from the front with an excellent 107. Finch set an excellent base for Australia to push on and set a competitive total.
David Warner – 1/10 – Victim of Mark Wood’s sharp bowling at the top of the order, Warner was dismissed without making an impact in the innings.
Steve Smith – 5/10 – An uncharacteristically quiet game for Smith, making just 23 with the bat, and struggling to effectively nullify Roy with his field placements.
Travis Head – 2/10 – Despite a strong middle order performance from Australia, Head could only contribute 5 to the score before being bowled by Plunkett.
Mitchell Marsh – 6/10 – Coming off the back of an impressive Ashes test series, Marsh carried his form through into the ODI, making 50 as Australia looked to push on towards the end.
Marcus Stoinis – 7/10 – Stoinis’ acceleration at the end of the innings helped Australia to a strong score, batting aggressively for 60 from 40 balls. The all-rounder also bowled tightly in his spell, taking 1-33 with the ball in hand.
Tim Paine – 5/10 – Paine’s cameo at the end of the innings provided support alongside Stoinis as he made 27 from 31 balls.
Pat Cummins – 5/10 – Opening up the innings with Mitchell Starc, Cummins picked up the key wicket of Alex Hales and finished with figures of 2-63 from his 10 overs.
Mitchell Starc – 5/10 – Starc picked up a key early wicket at the top of the innings as Bairstow nicked off to Paine behind the stumps, but he and Cummins were both punished by Roy as England had made 47 from the first four overs.
Andrew Tye – 4/10 – Whilst he came away wicketless, Tye bowled tightly to finish with a very impressive economy of 4.30.
Jason Roy – 10/10 – An unbelievable innings from Roy, breaking records on his way to 180. His ability to pounce on anything wayward from the Australian bowlers early on, whilst adapting his game in the middle overs to rotate the strike with Joe Root made for a truly memorable innings for the opener.
Jonny Bairstow – 3/10 – Bairstow failed to make much of an impact on the innings as he made just 14 before playing a loose shot to Mitchell Starc.
Alex Hales – 2/10 – Hales failed to capitalise on being dropped down the order as he could only muster 4 runs in his short innings.
Joe Root – 9/10 – Relieved of his captain duties for the ODI series, Root showed great maturity with an incredibly measured 91* not out. Root rotated the strike superbly; supporting Roy on his way to 180.
Eoin Morgan – 1/10 – Morgan entered the game with the intention of finishing the game, but failed to do so.
Jos Buttler – 2/10 – Like Morgan, Buttler could not finish the innings as he made just 4 runs.
Moeen Ali – 7/10 – After a very difficult test series, Ali had a lot to prove, especially with his bowling. But, as he so often does, Ali stepped up taking 1-39 from 10 overs, finishing as the most economical of the England bowlers.
Chris Woakes – 5/10 – Leading the attack with Wood, Woakes picked up the crucial wicket of Stoinis towards the end of the innings.
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Rashid was the most expensive of the England bowlers, but produced a few balls of real quality to dismiss both Smith and Marsh.
Liam Plunkett – 7/10 – Like Rashid, Plunkett was one of the more expensive England bowlers, but finished with three wickets from his spell.
Mark Wood – 7/10 – From the off, Wood got England’s bowling innings off to a quick, aggressive start with a number of sharp deliveries which tested even the most senior of Australian batsmen.
England take on Australia in the 2nd ODI in Brisbane on Friday 19th January.
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