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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

England 4-6 for series success after Jason Roy 180

Trent Boult can lead New Zealand charge in Hamilton

Jason Roy executes a pull shot on the way to his 180 at the MCG
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England are 4-6 with bet365 to win their five-ODI series against Australia after Jason Roy's sensational 180 underpinned a five-wicket victory in Sunday's opener at the MCG.

Roy's innings was the highest ever 50-over score by an England batsmen and meant that the Three Lions' successful chase of 305 was not only their highest down under but was the fifth time they have reached a target of 300 or more since their dismal group-stage exit in the 2015 World Cup.  

Roy, dropped during last summer's Champions Trophy because of a lean spell, and fellow opener Jonny Bairstow are 7-2 shots to be England's top runscorer in game two at the Gabba on Friday, just behind Joe Root at 3-1. 

Root, who was forced to retire unwell in England's second innings of the final Test in Sydney, made 91 not out and featured in a 221-run third wicket-stand with Roy. 

Australia, whose Melbourne total of 304-8 was built on a ton by Aaron Finch, are 6-5 to add the overall spoils to the Ashes urn they recaptured with a 4-0 triumph, and are 8-11 to level the series in Brisbane.

New Zealand are 4-11 to make it 4-0 in their five-ODI series with Pakistan at Seddon Park (Sky Sports Cricket, 1am Tuesday) and ace left-armer Trent Boult is worth a wager to be top Black Caps bowler at 5-2.

Pakistan's batsmen are struggling with their footwork on this tour and high, gusty winds are forecast for the day-nighter in Hamilton, where Boult took 6-33 against Australia last February. He seared through Pakistan with 5-17 in Saturday's win in Dunedin.

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The Three Lions' successful chase of 305 was not only their highest down under but was the fifth time they have reached a 300+ target in three years
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