Jason Roy's record-breaking knock: All the reaction from the MCG...
By Sky Sports Cricket
Last Updated: 15/01/18 11:06am
Jason Roy was almost lost for words after his record-breaking innings helped England draw a line under their Ashes woes by beating Australia in the one-day international series opener at the MCG.
Roy, who was dropped during the Champions Trophy last summer, thrashed 180 from 151 balls, the highest score by an Englishman in ODIs, as England completed a record run chase at the MCG to draw first blood in their five-match series against the Aussies.
The opener's innings, which contained 16 fours and five sixes, saw him past Alex Hales' 171 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in 2016 and England past Australia's 304-8 in 48.5 overs, beating the Melbourne record of 297-4 Australia set while defeating England in 2011, to win by five wickets.
Here's the reaction to the Surrey star's record-breaking knock, starting with the man himself…
JASON ROY: "It's incredibly special. I don't really have too many words right now but it was just a huge honour to be out there for England again and get some runs on the board.
"It was a tough season last season so to be selected this time was incredibly special. But that was just a little blip in hopefully a long career."
And on passing Hales' record: "He wasn't too happy about that by the sounds of things, it's one of the first things the boys said about Halesy being pretty disappointed."
England captain EOIN MORGAN: "I thought it was incredible from Jason - when he scores runs he is quite imposing at the crease and I thought that was no different today.
"He finished a tough summer incredibly well and what a way to start this series! It shows the character of the bloke. It was a tough decision to leave him out but we always knew he was part of our plans. Moving Root to 4 was a big decision but it was profitable today. Our batting line-up looks quite long, which is nice.
"It's important to keep our feet on the ground. Australia are obviously a very strong side and will come back incredibly hard at us at Brisbane, but certainly it's a nice way to start the series."
Australia captain STEVE SMITH: "That was some innings from Roy, he played spectacularly well. He chanced his arm and it came off and he was supported really well by Joe Root.
"We probably left ourselves a few short in the first innings, we lost a few wickets in the middle and that probably stopped us from going as hard as we would have liked at the back end.
"We then didn't start well with the ball, they got off to an absolute flyer. We tried to peg them back and take wickets but it wasn't to be. We need to start playing better cricket and get a few wins in this format."
Pundit View - Dominic Cork
"He's shown a lot of character in scoring that knock. He's just played in the Big Bash and hardly scored a run for the Sydney Sixers and he's come into an England set-up that has been on the end of a few bad results, but if you think about what he's beaten, the highest score by an Englishman in ODI cricket beating Alex Hales and the highest score against Australia beating Robin Smith back in 1993, it's shown character, guts, determination and skill.
"He had his luck but you always get that in cricket. He's the sort of individual that when he gets through the first 20 or 30 overs he's very difficult to bowl at. That's why you've got to get him early because he's a bullish type of player that wants to be coming at you.
"What I was impressed with was that when he got himself in he was happy to take single and that's where he's changed and matured as a cricketer. It's not just about how far he can hit it but he now looks at the game and what he needs to do to get England over the winning line - that's what good players do.
"You look at some of these scores now and an England double hundred is definitely coming. Another team score of over 400 like we saw against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in 2016."
Well played England, outstanding run chase. Now we are in for a great series 🏏👍— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) January 14, 2018