Roy lights up MCG as England draw first blood


Roy lights up MCG as England draw first blood

Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc picked up two wickets each.

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.

"I think the main thing is knowing how good each other is", Roy said. It had been a tough season last season, so to be selected was incredibly special. "We want to play better cricket and get a few wins in this format", he said.

No.4 Travis Head, who was preferred over shock selection Cameron White, looms as a young batsman groomed for such a role but failed in game one and his position is under the spotlight. I've played a lot against those guys in the Champions Trophy, in series in England and here, too. England then face a Test series at home to Pakistan and India next summer which might not be a walk in the park either.

"If we got 340, 350 that's what we were after". "I think the lads have been and will continue to be smarter, because it will not be tolerated any more from higher up".

Hales could be involved for the first time since being suspended for his involvement in an incident in Bristol in September, which saw team-mate Ben Stokes arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. It sums up the character of the bloke, coming back in.

"It gave me a bit of a kick to recognise where I'm at, recognise where my preparation is and start building up a platform of getting ready for internationals". The Big bash has been a great success and draws plenty of crowds but I hope the one-day set-up does the same. This is the most by an England batsman in ODIs. In the warm-up match against the Cricket Australia XI, they didn't have to make the decision as it was a 12-a-side affair, although the two spinners bowled 20 overs between them and Tom Curran just three which probably gave a strong clue. "Just get a couple more, '" said Roy. "It's by no stretch of the imagination impossible for us".

Having battled through, Roy's confidence flooded back - deftly reverse-sweeping, pulling the returning Starc with authority and flogging Zampa for six as he successfully moved past his own personal best, 162, and Hales' national record before tiredly top-edging Starc. Roy successfully referred it after conferring with Root, and had his ears stung by a liberal offering of unsolicited advice from the Australian fielders.

"I kind of turned away because I did feel as if I might have been outside the line", Roy said. I was counting down the minutes to when I could come off and have a break. 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.