India, Australia tours are biggest challenges for England: Jos Buttler


"It is extremely special, especially after the Test series which was quite tough and we knew the boys would be a bit down".

They should have fielded their one-day side instead of their Test side.

Captain Eoin Morgan has put England's one-day side on World Cup alert, with a year to establish themselves as the team to beat in 2019. But England stunned everyone with a splendid performance as they won the won the first One Day International by 5 wickets. But, as he so often does, Ali stepped up taking 1-39 from 10 overs, finishing as the most economical of the England bowlers.

And now the star all-rounder, who continued his solid form with superb 68-ball 50 along with opener Aaron Finch (107) and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (60) to guide Australia to a commanding total, said that the hosts are feeling the effects of their Ashes success.

Roy's 180-run knock is not just his ODI-best but also is the highest score by an England batsman in ODI cricket.

England's crushing five wicket win over Australia yesterday was the most watched ODI in two years with a cumulative audience of 5.64 million viewers across both sessions.

Roy suffered a mixed 2017 and has struggled in the Big Bash League
Roy suffered a mixed 2017 and has struggled in the Big Bash League Scott Barbour Getty Images

The success or otherwise of Morgan's team at next year's World Cup will be the ultimate judgment upon the tack taken by the European Central Bank in 2015, when they removed Peter Moores in favour of employing Bayliss with a clear mandate to improve England's limited overs cricket.

Jason Roy made mince meat of the Australian attack at the MCG last night, belting 180 off 151 balls. Stokes's hundred downed the Australians in the Champions Trophy last summer, but this match showed it can be done without him.

Roy's brilliant knock, which included 16 fours and five sixes, combined with a magnificent 91* from Joe Root helped England chase down 305 with seven balls to spare to go 1-0 up in the five-match series. "He said he'll be fine so I don't think there'll be any trouble there", Smith added.

Roy "played spectacularly well - chanced his arm and it came off".

But Roy and Joe Root produced a stunning stand of 221 - England's highest ever for the third wicket in ODIs. He wants to play in 50-over World Cups and T20 World Cups.

Liam Plunkett (3-71), the fourth-highest wicket-taker in ODIs a year ago, began 2018 with three scalps, while Moeen Ali (1-39) put his Ashes struggles behind him somewhat with an economical 10 overs, in which he had Finch caught by Jonny Bairstow at deep midwicket.

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