The successful chase was also a record for a one-day international at the MCG, eclipsing Australia's 297 for four against England in 2011, and vindicated captain Eoin Morgan's decision to bowl first. Having been an onlooker for the Test series, Roy was an unlikely hero. But he rode his luck to produce a record in limited-overs cricket for England and also a new benchmark for a batsman at the MCG in a one-day international. The swashbuckling right-hander lived dangerously throughout his innings, charging along at better than a run a ball and reaching his half-century off only 32 balls.
- Highest ODI score for England https://t.co/ET3OKNqxrA- Second-highest ODI score against Australia https://t.co/CWUNKwlAJm - Second-highest ODI score in Australia https://t.co/VtRdOiRUmg https://t.co/f5xUjUgGIF #AUSvENG pic.twitter.com/3q8h3yhXnq — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 14, 2018
Roy had a willing partner in Test captain Joe Root, who had been tormented all tour by the Australians and was in no mood to let a rare victory slip. Root made an unbeaten 91 and he and Roy put on 221 - an English ODI record - for the third wicket. Aaron Finch's ninth one-day international century was the cornerstone of the Australian total of 304 for eight. Finch's 107 was backed by half-centuries for Mitchell Marsh (50) and Marcus Stoinis (60) as Australia recovered from a shaky start in which the tourists finally managed to get bogeyman Steve Smith cheaply. Fresh from scoring three centuries as Australia won the Ashes 4-0, Smith looked in commanding touch again as he scored at better than a run a ball, but was caught behind off spinner Adil Rashid for just 23. BRIEF SCORE: England 5 for 308 (Roy 180, Root 91*) beat Australia 8 for 304 (Finch 107, Stoinis 60, Marsh 50, Plunkett 3-71) by 5 wickets
Here's how a memorable match unfolded...Scorecard: https://t.co/PY7ox2XKFK #AUSvENG pic.twitter.com/x0Dh6tAT7z — England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 14, 2018