Australia fell short with the bat, concedes Smith

MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA- JANUARY 14 Jason Roy of England celebrates reaching his century with Joe Root during game one of the One Day International Series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Jason Roy made a record one-day worldwide score for an England batsman with his 180 in the five-wicket win over Australia in Melbourne.

Roy surpassed Alex Hales' previous mark of 171 before the opener was caught late on as England eased to the highest successful run chase at Melbourne. "But it's one win, four more games to go", cricbuzz quoted him saying.

On the mood in the dressing room, the hard-hitting batsman said that its tough but the good start in the ODI series has brightened up the atmosphere.

"What I went through, I needed to go through", he said of his Champions Trophy axing, describing it as "a kick in the guts".

"This time next year we need to be in a good enough space to be contenders for the World Cup", said the Dubliner on the eve of the five-match series.

The Surrey opener put on 221 with Joe Root, who struck a stubborn 91 not out as England chased the highest score to win a 50-over match at the MCG to finish on 308 for 5.

Smith himself is aiming to take his remarkable Test form into the 50-over format but acknowledged that Australia will have to be at their best against a strong England ODI team.

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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.

Joe Root - 9/10 - Relieved of his captain duties for the ODI series, Root showed great maturity with an incredibly measured 91* not out.

Alex Hales, back in the side after missing the end of last summer's series with West Indies, departed for only four in the next over. "You got to be smart and adaptable to the conditions and try to play the type of cricket we normally play", he said. We tried to peg them back and take wickets but it wasn't to be.

"I think we probably left ourselves a bit short, we had a good opportunity at 3 for 196 with 14 overs to go and then we lost two wickets, the two set batters, pretty quickly", Smith said.

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. The second ODI will be played in Brisbane on 19th January.

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.

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