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    Australia v England

    Melbourne Cricket Ground, January 14, 2018

    1st ODI - Australia v England ODI Series 2018

    Australia 1st Inn 8/304
    England 1st Inn 5/308
    England won the toss and elected to bowl.
    England win by 5 wickets
    England Over: 48.5  RR: 5.50
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    J.E. Root 91 110 5 0 82.73
    M.M. Ali* 5 4 1 0 125.00
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    M.P. Stoinis 6.0 0 33 1 5.50
    T.M. Head* 0.5 0 6 0 7.20
    Last Wicket: J.C. Buttler, 4 (c. Starc b. Stoinis) - 5/302

    The Ashes are over, but England will have a chance to hit back against Australia as a five-match ODI series gets underway in Melbourne. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the first match from 2:20pm (AEDT).

    The Australians will be overly confident after their 4-0 demolition job in the recently completed Ashes. Despite plenty of new faces, there are going to be plenty of the same problems facing the tourists.

    Steve Smith is the main one. After racking up a staggering amount of runs during the Tests, he will again lead the side in the ODIs and the question of how to get him out will continue to haunt the English attack.

    Chris Woakes is the only bowler likely to be in the XI for the first ODI staying on from the Test series, but Jake Ball and Tom Curran are also in the squad.

    They will be relying on some fresh ideas and strategies set by Perth Scorchers bowler David Willey and Liam Plunkett for how to slow down the Aussie skipper.

    Smith is joined by David Warner, who could release the shackles in this ODI series after being kept quiet with lower scoring rates in the Test matches.

    They will be the key to Australia’s success with the bat, but then, England also have problems with the stick.

    They found it difficult facing Australia’s pace attack during the Test series and while Josh Hazlewood will rest from the first game, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will be going around, likely alongside debutant Jhye Richardson.

    England’s top order in limited overs cricket had their own problems against the West Indies before the Ashes. Eoin Morgan needs to stand up as skipper, while Joe Root will look to provide plenty of support at four.

    Where England could make a difference though is at the top of the order. Jason Roy and Alex Hales – both big-hitters – find themselves in those slots and if they can get the tourists off to good starts during the powerplay, then anything is possible.

    The tourists are going to need a lot of runs though. Their bowling options look fragile and with Moeen Ali as the fifth bowler, things don’t look all that positive in terms of keeping Australia to a managable total.

    Australia should pick up the first win of this ODI series. They have plenty of players in form and England’s bowling attack looks as if it’ll be a major issue throughout without a great deal of depth of a solid fifth option.

    Australia to go up 1-0.

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    • Roar Pro

      anon said | 11:40pm | ! Report

      When you pick someone like Cameron White ahead of a match winner like Glenn Maxwell you deserve to lose.

      Maxwell has been in incredible form all season in first-class cricket and the BBL. Was the star of the World Cup in 2015. A Maxwell 50 off 25 could have been the difference today.

    • 11:05pm
      Brissie Boy said | 11:05pm | ! Report

      Good wake up call for the Aussies today. The one-day side has been bog-average for the last two years and hopefully now that we’ve actually been beaten comprehensively on home soil, something will be done about it. Absolute pleasure watching Roy bat like that though. England were simply the better side and will win the series with their batting line-up alone unless we can come up with some answers with the ball.

    • 11:00pm
      Kangaroos said | 11:00pm | ! Report

    • 10:25pm
      Doctor Rotcod said | 10:25pm | ! Report

      Unnecessarily close in the end.Maybe Roy got tired. Root will have some consolation that he was there when victory was achieved, but I thought Australia was about forty short of where they could have been.
      Marsh and Stoinis, lazy blighters,could have made another forty or fifty more between them.
      Too much short-pitched stuff from Cummins and Starc and where was the fourth wicket line and the yorkers?
      Disappointing from the Aussies except Finch.Zampa was all right

      • Roar Guru

        Ryan H said | 10:35pm | ! Report

        Yep, 350 I felt was needed against an England batting side boasting so much power. That said, Australia did pretty well to recover from where they were when Head was dismissed.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:16pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this evening for The Roar’s coverage of the first ODI as England picked up their first win on tour. Again, thanks to Josh Elliott for taking the first innings of this one.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage.

      The second ODI will be played on Friday and it should be Suneer Chowdhary in the chair to take you through that one.

      The Australian Open starts tomorrow, so be sure to check out The Roar for all of our coverage of that.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:13pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the game Roarers?

      • 10:49pm
        NigelJ said | 10:49pm | ! Report

        Great Batting by Roy, not much of a crowd their by Melbourne standards.

        • 12:44am
          Alan said | 12:44am | ! Report

          One day games have completely lost their relevance these days, outside of the occasional interest in the World Cup.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:12pm | ! Report


      And Ali will get it done this time. Few steps down the wicket and it comes straight out of the middle, past mid on and to the boundary. They do it by five wickets with seven balls to spare.

      Comprehensive run chase from England, led by Jason Roy. He set the tone early on, brought up the highest ODI score by an Englishman and, joined by Joe Root, ensured the tourists could do it comfortably.

      Australia: 8/304 (50)
      England: 5/308 (48.5)

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 10:10pm | ! Report

      Ali tries to go with a big slog sweep over mid wicket. Misses everything.

      Over: 48.4
      England: 5/304
      Required score: 305

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