Jason Roy: One-day players needed to give Ashes boys a lift

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Smith was admiring of England's go-hard-or-go-home strategy and acknowledged that his side, which unlike the Test team, is still finding its true identity.

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Faced with two of Australia's Ashes conquerors, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, Roy was fearless from the off.

Smith will be hoping to continue his dominance over the tourists after feasting on 687 runs at an average of 137.40 during the Ashes. Hazlewood was rested for the weekend's game and his return will provide the team with a huge boost. During the Ashes the players were dejected amid a series of embarrassing collapses, brutal sledging and media sniping.

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England managed to draw a line under their Ashes woes by beating Australia in the one-day global series opener at the MCG. "It is a different squad and a different unit here", said Plunkett. "We won't be trying to change much with the way we play". "What a way to start the series - still a long way to go, but certainly a great start". "He's very important to us".

Jason Roy hit a fantastic 180 at the MCG on Sunday.

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Jason Roy's 221-run stand with Joe Root was an England record for the third-wicket, eclipsing Neil Fairbrother and Graeme Hick who shared a 213-run stand against West Indies in 1991.

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Roy lifts heis bat after scoring a century to the delight of teammate Joe Root. Someone like Jhye Richardson could come in and provide some pace and spark.

But Finch reached his ninth ODI century - his fourth against England - and Marsh (50) posted his 10th half century in a partnership which first restored the balance, then gave Australia the upper hand.

"Incredibly special", Roy said. "They're good one-day bowlers and a good one-day outfit so it's a good challenge".

Ahead of a busy worldwide schedule, including home Test matches against India and Pakistan, England coach Trevor Bayliss has urged Root to skip the 2018 Indian Premier League.

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