Morgan defends Bayliss ahead of Australia ODI series

The first ODI will be played at MCG on Sunday

The first ODI will be played at MCG on Sunday

Jason Roy has smashed a record-breaking 180 to lift England to a five-wicket victory over Australia in Sunday's one-day worldwide series-opener at the MCG.

Mitchell Marsh, however, continued his Ashes form scoring 68-ball 50 with strong partnerships with Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis who scored century and half-century respectively.

Limited-overs captain Morgan praised Bayliss' impact as England look to restore pride in a five-match one-day global series against Australia and build towards next year's Cricket World Cup. "But it's one win, four more games to go", cricbuzz quoted him saying.

"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".

With the 2019 World Cup fast approaching, Marsh admitted that this is the flawless time for players like him and fellow all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to make their presence felt. The difference however was that Australia's early struggles against a swift Mark Wood sapped momentum from the early part of the innings, whereas Roy and Jonny Bairstow supercharged England's chase in such a way that Root was able to play without undue haste in establishing a longer union with Roy.

Stay tuned for the latest on the Australia vs England ODI series. In the process, Roy registered the highest score by an Englishman in Australia and the highest by any batsman at the venue, topping Mark Waugh's 173 against the West Indies in 2001. Marsh and Stoinis can play the finisher role very well but cannot be trusted to score from the 30th or the 35th over. "He was supported really well by Joe Root as well".

Once again, he "failed" to convert, but only because wickets from his county colleagues Liam Plunkett (three) and Adil Rashid (two) helped to keep Australia's score in check before Roy proceeded to blow it out of the water. More importantly, the wickets that we've played on, we've adapted to them.

The opener returned to the side in September when Hales was out of the side following the incident outside a Bristol nightclub over which Ben Stokes was arrested.

"They got off to an absolute flyer".

"If a couple of batters just stayed for a little bit longer and we gave ourselves the chance to really go hard at the back end, we probably could have got up around 340 which is probably where we needed to be".

"We need to start playing better cricket and getting some wins on the board in this format".

After the series opener at the MCG, England will play the second ODI in Brisbane on January 19 which will be followed by the third match in Sydney on January 21.

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