Jason Roy brought up his half-century off just 49 deliveries © Getty Images
Jason Roy brought up his half-century off just 49 deliveries © Getty Images

England opener Jason Roy scored his maiden One-Day International (ODI) half-century off just 49 deliveries during the first match against Australia at Southampton. he and Alex Hales have made an excellent start to the run chase. Australia had earlier posted 305 for 6 in their 50 overs, thanks to fifties from David Warner and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. England would have hoped for this partnership to flourish but Hales was dismissed by Mitchell Marsh for run-a-ball 22. Roy, who had played just six ODIs prior to this, had a highest score of 39 prior to this match. He has made full use of his opportunity here after having a miserable series against New Zealand. Live Cricket Scorecard: England vs Australia, 1st ODI at Southampton

Australia were in a spot of bother earlier in their innings after Adil Rashid’s four wickets put them in a spot of bother. The, a an unbeaten 100-plus partnership between Wade and Mitchell Marsh for the seventh wicket helped them go past 300, which looked unlikely at one stage. England have made an excellent start and they will now hope that James Taylor and Roy pile on the runs that helps them closer to a win. Live Updates: England vs Australia, 1st ODI, Southampton

Earlier, Australia had won the toss and elected to bat first. Australia did not make any change to the side that beat Ireland few days back. England have rested the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Joe Root. England won the previous home series against New Zealand by a margin of 3-2.