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

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Alex Hales showed good form hitting 52 off 35 balls
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England are scheduled to play five one-day internationals against Australia followed by a Twenty20 tri-series with the hosts and New Zealand which starts on 3 February. They are running high on confidence and will look to transform it into a good performance when the two teams meet in the first ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"Everyone does everything they can to play for Australia or England".

When Travis Head was out for 5 to the last ball of the 14th over, Australia was in trouble at 78-3 and England was enjoying a rare moment of ascendancy after is 4-0 loss in the Ashes test series.

Australia captain Steve Smith and England captain Eoin Morgan. These days, with the ODI format the No.1 priority for embattled coach Trevor Bayliss ahead of a home World Cup next year, England oozes with firepower particularly in the batting even without the services of suspended superstar all rounder Ben Stokes.

Finch reached his 50 from 65 balls, including seven fours, and immediately celebrated with a six from the bowling of leg-spinner Adil Rashid. We have done that a bit with the bat, we will try and continue taking wickets with the ball. Smith has got an inside edge. They have plenty of players in form and England's bowling attack looks as if it'll be a major issue throughout without a great deal of depth of a solid fifth option.

Liam Plunkett claimed three wickets but went for 71 runs from his 10 overs, while Mark Wood was the most impressive of the English bowlers with the wicket of Warner in his return of 1-49. He pitches one short and it is quick.

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He had gone on to 60 when he scooped a delivery from Chris Woakes to Joe Root at mid-off, ending his 80-run partnership with Tim Paine (27) and costing Australia late innings momentum. A handsome drive from Finch through mid-on to get four!

Australia have liberally employed stand-in coaches for some limited overs assignments themselves using them as an opportunity to trial the best coaches in the country while giving Darren Lehmann a break.

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

While the recently concluded Ashes series unfolded at an attritional pace, both sides are likely to approach the next five games in a more cavalier fashion.

0800 hrs IST: Welcome to the coverage of the first ODI between Australia and England. England then face a Test series at home to Pakistan and India next summer which might not be a walk in the park either.

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