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England now favourites to win One Day series against Australia

Mon, Jan 15, 10:59am by Head Editor

A record-breaking knock from Jason Roy has seen England stun Australia in the first One Day International at the MCG on Sunday.

The 27-year-old broke several records including the highest score by an Englishman in a One Day match, before he was finally dismissed for 180 off 151 balls.

Steve Smith lost another coin toss but the hosts posted a challenging score of 8/304 from their 50 overs, when his England counterpart Eoin Morgan sent Australia in to bat.

Aaron Finch top scored for the Aussies, with 107 and half-centuries to both Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis couldn’t prevent the green and gold slipping to their 10th loss from their last 15 ODI’s.

The Aussie total looked small after just 4.4 overs, when the visitors had raced to 53, before losing Jonny Bairstow for 14.

Unlike the Test series, Australia’s opening bowlers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc looked vulnerable, conceding 71 and 63 runs respectively from their 10 overs.

The Three Lions were a $2.55 underdog to win the MCG clash, but cruised to a five-wicket win, with seven balls to spare as Joe Root combining with Roy for a 221-run third wicket stand.

The series now moves to Brisbane for the second match of the series, where Josh Hazlewood is expected to return to bolster the Aussie bowling unit.

Australia are now a $2.25 outsider to win the five-game series, with the old enemy moving into $1.61 to bounce back from their 4-0 Ashes series loss.

The second ODI will be played at the home of Queensland cricket, the Gabba, on Friday, where the hosts are $1.67 to level the series at 1-1. England are $2.22.

Sportsbet Markets

ODI Series

Australia $2.25


Game 2

Australia $1.67

England $2.22

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