Jason Roy registers highest score by English batsman in ODIs, breaks two 35-year-old & 15-year-old records too

Jason Roy led England's chase in the first ODI of the series against Australia and ended up breaking old records and setting new ones

England opener Jason Roy shattered records with his innings of 180 runs from 151 balls. Roy’s 180 is the highest score by an English batsman in the history of ODI cricket. He broke the record of English opener Alex Hales who held the previous record for his innings of 171 runs. Roy hit 16 fours and 5 sixes in his innings at a strike rate of 119.21. He fell short of a potential double hundred by 20 runs.

Here’s the list of top five highest individual scores by English batsman –

Jason Roy – 180 vs Australia on January 14, 2018
Alex Hales – 171 vs Pakistan on August 30, 2016
Joe Root – 167* vs Australia on May 21, 1993
Jason Roy – 162 vs Sri Lanka on June 29, 2016
David Gower – 158 vs New Zealand on June 15, 1983

Roy also broke a 35-year-old record at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). His score of 180 is now the highest score at the MCG in ODIs. The previous record was held by David Gower who scored 122 on January 13, 1983.

Jason Roy – 180 vs Australia on January 14, 2018
David Gower – 122 vs New Zealand on January 13, 1983
Paul Collingwood – 120* vs Australia on February 9, 2007
David Gower – 101* vs Australia on February 4, 1979
James Taylor – 98* vs Australia on February 14, 2015

Roy got one more record to his name. The 27-year-old registered the highest ODI score for a batsman against Australia. He broke the 15-year-old record of Robin Smith.

Here are the five highest score by English batsmen against Australia in ODIs –

Roy’s 180 is also the second-highest score in ODIs against Australia. Here’s the list of the top 5 players –

Rohit Sharma – 209, November 2, 2013
Jason Roy – 180, January 14, 2018
Quinton de Kock – 178, September 30, 2016
Herschelle Gibbs – 175, March 12, 2006
Sachin Tendulkar – 175, November 5, 2009

It is also the second-highest ODI score on Australian soil. Here comes another list –

Chris Gayle – 215 vs Zimbabwe, February 25, 2015
Jason Roy – 180 vs Australia, January 14, 2018
David Warner – 179 vs Pakistan, January 26, 2017
David Warner – 178 vs Afghanistan, March 4, 2015
Mark Waugh – 173 vs Windies, February 9, 2001

Roy survived an LBW shout when he was batting on 91. The decision was reversed after he opted for DRS. Here are the videos of his innings –

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Roy shared a partnership of 221 runs with skipper Joe Root for the third wicket after Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow got out early. After Roy’s wicket, there was a bit of drama but England chased down the target of 309 with ease and won the first ODI of the series by 5 wickets and with 7 balls to spare.

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Aaron Finch’s ton went in vain. He scored 107 runs from 119 balls with the help of 10 fours and 3 sixes. Despite early wickets, Australia put on a big total, thanks to Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh’s half-centuries.