How social media reacted to Jason Roy's record-breaking 180

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

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood. During his breathtaking hundred, Roy passed his previous best of 162 off 118 balls, scored against Sri Lanka at The Oval in 2016.

Joe Root made 91 not out in a stand of 221 with Roy as England reached 308-5.

Aaron Finch scored 107, while Marcus Stoinis (60) and Mitchell Marsh (50) added fifties as Australia posted 304-8 in Melbourne.

"Because scores have been so high in one-day cricket the mentality has to be "OK I will go for some runs, but let's take some wickets".

The opener returned to the side in September when Hales was out of the side following the incident outside a Bristol nightclub over which Ben Stokes was arrested. Although Jason Roy was dropped recently, he was encouraged to be his attack-minded self when recalled in September and has responded with scores of 84, 96 and 180.

In the 42nd over, Starc removed the risky Roy, but it was too little too late as the visitors were at 281.

However, Marsh admitted that his failure to convert his half-century into a bigger score played a role in his side's five-wicket loss.

Tim Paine - 5/10 - Paine's cameo at the end of the innings provided support alongside Stoinis as he made 27 from 31 balls.

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Sitting down at the MCG, where England had been thrashed by Australia in the opening match of the 2015 World Cup on the way to early elimination, Morgan said the struggles of that tournament had been a major catalyst for change, along with the knowledge that the next event would be held at home. However, Root stayed put at the crease to steer England to a 1-0 lead in the series.

England were thrashed 4-0 in the five-Test Ashes series by Australia but have had better results in the 50-over format.

And on passing Hales' record: "He wasn't too happy about that by the sounds of things, it's one of the first things the boys said about Halesy being pretty disappointed". It had been a tough season last season, so to be selected was incredibly special.

Roy survived being given out and several close calls before eventually being caught for 180 to help guide his side to a five-wicket success to kick-off the five-match series in winning fashion.

"What a way to start the series".

"We are going with the mantra that we always need to be on top of our game and testing the opposition the whole time". Moving Root to 4 was a big decision but it was profitable today. "Our batting line-up looks quite long, which is nice".

For Root to play in a such a calm and controlled fashion after two hard months in charge of the Test team spoke volumes for his own character and determination.

"We tried everything we could to pull them back and take wickets but it wasn't our night".

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