England put Aussies in to bat first in ODI

Smith reiterated that a sub-par form at the international level is the reason behind Maxwell's axing

Smith reiterated that a sub-par form at the international level is the reason behind Maxwell's axing

Opener Jason Roy produced a superb performance with the bat as England thrashed Australia by five wickets, here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday to win the opening match of the Gillette ODI series.

The frenetic scoring rate subsided after Roy's half-century and England went exactly 10 overs without a boundary.

ENGLAND: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood.

Australia was without their frontline pace attack with star quick Josh Hazlewood rested and Pat Cummins set to follow suit in game two.

After his career-best knock, Roy said that the innings was extra special since it was at the historic MCG. It had been a tough season last season, so to be selected was incredibly special. "You got to be smart and adaptable to the conditions and try to play the type of cricket we normally play", he said. "I think the lads have been and will continue to be smarter, because it will not be tolerated any more from higher up".

"I've got a period of time going into the New Zealand series (in March) where I want to get myself clear on how I want to move forward and make sure when we start that tour there is a clear indication of what direction we're going to be going in".

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There was some chat about the depth of Australia's pace-bowling resources during the Test series (Jackson Bird's outing on the very bad MCG surface was the only time it was put into action) and this series may give some indication how it stands with the white ball.

Hales has only just returned to the set-up having been with Stokes in Bristol four months ago, marking his comeback with a quickfire 52 in Thursday's warm-up win in Sydney. I didn't go out there thinking I'm going to go all guns blazing, I went out there and started as I've started every other net session since I've been in Australia, trying to play the ball late, playing strong shots and all these cliches, but it was just a case of finding the gaps.

Australia's Aaron Finch also took his place among the game's supporting acts, though his diligent 107 looked more important at the time.

Roy enjoyed the odd moment of fortune in helping England to 57-1 in the fifth over but made the most of that luck in the most emphatic manner.

Adam Zampa thought he had the breakthrough when he had Roy given out lbw on 91, but the on field decision was overturned on review. "They got off to an absolute flyer", Smith said. Traditionally, Australians are used to England rolling out a staid and workmanlike 50-over team but things have markedly changed.

"Yeah too right, a bit of their own medicine was quite nice", Roy said when asked about whether it had been helpful to see Austrlaia's batsmen discomforted by speed.

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