Jason Roy's record-breaking knock vs Australia gives England series lead

Returning Hales and skipper Morgan help England to tour victory

But, Aaron Finch (107) along with half-centuries from Mitchell Marsh (50) and Stoinis (60) helped them recover before a useful 31-ball contribution from Tim Paine (27) helped Australia post 304 for eight in the 50 overs.

Root was hospitalised on the final morning of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney with gastroenteritis but England ODI skipper Eoin Morgan said he would play in the series opener in Melbourne.

His fourth ODI hundred contained 16 boundaries and five sixes and gave him two of the four biggest ODI innings ever for England before he eventually skied a catch into the outfield from Mitchell Starc's bowling when England was 24 runs from victory.

Australia completed an emphatic 4-0 win in the recent Ashes Test series and the five one-day matches offer a chance for the English to salvage something from a disastrous tour.

"To be out there on the MCG, win the game and make a score like that is incredibly special", said Roy.

The previous summer, he'd had a crack at breaking England's one-day record score only to see his opening partner Alex Hales set the new mark of 171 at Trent Bridge.

WITH the Ashes done and dusted Australia will turn their attention to the short format of the game in the opening one-day global against England at the MCG.

"It is extremely special, especially after our Test series", added Roy.

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Finch played against type for most his innings, striking 10 fours to go with three maximums but also showing admirable restraint before eventually holing out to Moeen.

England suffered a few late hiccups with the quick dismissals of captain Eoin Morgan (1) and Jos Buttler (4).

"It's been a while coming, I had a very tough year in 2017. being dropped from the side and then being brought back into it towards the end of the year".

"Incredible from Jason. He's quite imposing as a batsman", Morgan said.

"Just like the last time, I didn't have any idea, I was just doing what I needed to do for the team and being aggressive". I've played a lot against those guys in the Champions Trophy, in series in England and here, too.

England, however, with an explosive and long batting line-up are unlikely to daunted by the task at hand. "They got off to an absolute flyer", Smith said.

Joe Root claims captaining England to Ashes defeat has left him "battle hardened" and ready to wield the axe if his side fail to measure up. We weren't able to do that, and we didn't start as well as we'd like with the ball either, they got off to a flying start. We tried to peg them back and take wickets but it wasn't to be.

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