This was Jason Roy's first hundred against Australia © Getty Images
This was Jason Roy’s first hundred against Australia © Getty Images

Jason Roy obliterated Australia in the first match of the five-ODI series at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Roy surpassed Alex Hales’ 171, registering the highest score by an Englishman in ODIs. Roy’s 180 comprised 16 fours and 5 sixes. Australia eventually won by 5 wickets.

Player Score Balls 4s 6s Strike Rate
Jason Roy 179* 149 16 5 120.13
Alex Hales 171 122 22 4 140.16
Robin Smith 167* 163 17 3 102.45
Jason Roy 162 118 13 3 137.28
Dawid Gower 158 118 18 4 133.89
Andrew Strauss 158 145 18 1 108.96
Andrew Strauss 154 140 16 5 110
Andrew Strauss 152 128 19 0 118.75

This was Roy’s maiden hundred against Australia. His previous three hundreds had come against Sri Lanka (two) and Pakistan.

Roy feared no Australian. From Mitchell Starc to Adam Zampa, he treated everyone alike, taking them to the cleaners on a flat MCG turf. Australia even tried to bounce him out with chin music, but Roy’s strong forearms made sure the balls goes soaring over the boundary line. The best shot, however, came against Zampa: Roy rocked back to pull a slower leg-spinner over deep mid-wicket — it was an evidence of his strength.

Roy, as always is the case, comforted himself on the frontfoot. The even bounce allowed him to play on the up with ease. There were a few glitches, but that is how Roy approaches the game. He knows nothing less or more than belligerence.