Jason Roy century puts England on course to clinch ODI series opener


After losing the Ashes series 4-0, opener Jason Roy scored a remarkable knock of 180 runs off 151 balls as England outclassed Australia by five wickets in the first ODI at Melbourne on Sunday. He added: "To hear the coach saying, "Don't worry, I'll step down in a couple of years" time', I felt very uneasy about hearing that". I'd say, if anything, the formats are getting further and further apart. He wants to play in 50-over World Cups and T20 World Cups.

The ECB, however, finds itself in a hard position, for to remove Bayliss now would be to risk so much of the good work that he has done in the white-ball formats.

Root, however, remains keen to play in limited overs competitions to prepare himself for the next year's 50-over World Cup in England.

As such, the European Central Bank will be praying desperately not only for a competitive showing in the upcoming five ODIs against Australia, but also that Test results improve when the circus moves on to New Zealand.

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Since Bayliss took over in May 2015, England have won only 15 of his 38 Tests in charge (along with 18 losses and five draws).

In other words, the European Central Bank are effectively hoping to bumble along with Bayliss until that glorious moment when - all being well - he lifts the World Cup and rides off into the sunset, main mission accomplished. He has been named in the T20 squad for the tri-series with Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Test series against the latter which takes place in March. But they're a very strong team, certainly at home. "They don't have as many changes as we have from Tests to one-dayers so they'll probably be up on the confidence of the Ashes win".

The hosts posted 304 for eight after being sent in by Eoin Morgan, Aaron Finch leading the way with 107 - his third ODI ton against England at the MCG. England are the only team since the World Cup with a strike rate above a run a ball (6.3 per over), have scored the most totals in excess of 300 (24) and two of more than 400 while their batsmen have hit more fours and sixes than any other team.

Bayliss's laid-back approach has fitted in well with a group of young, exciting players who have shone in an environment that has promoted aggression and flair.

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Australia captain Steve Smith, left, and England counterpart Eoin Morgan will play in a series of five one-day internationals.

The series against Australia will be interesting if only to see how England respond to the Ashes defeat.

Having sweated all winter about the best way to dismiss him, they then did so in the most innocuous way imaginable when a scruffy first over from Rashid concluded with Smith's bat turning in his hand and the ball being snaffled by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler at the second attempt after taking the inside edge.

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