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Jason Roy made an electric start to England’s pursuit of 305 in the first one-day international against Australia in Melbourne.

The hosts posted 304 for eight after being sent in by Eoin Morgan, Aaron Finch leading the way with 107 – his third ODI ton against England at the MCG.

Marcus Stoinis gave the hosts some late impetus with a rapid 60, but Roy began to reclaim the momentum for his side with some dashing strokeplay to kick-off the chase.

Jason Roy made a flying start for England (John Walton/PA)

Jason Roy made a flying start for England (John Walton/PA)

Jason Roy made a flying start for England (John Walton/PA)

He reached his half-century in just 32 balls, taking on the Ashes-winning pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins with conspicuous success, and had 67no in England’s 108 for two after 15 overs.

Jonny Bairstow (14) and Alex Hales (four) were the men to fall, with Joe Root partnering Roy on 21no.

Mark Wood was the pick of the visiting attack, his pace and aggression not adequately represented by figures of one for 49, with Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid splitting five wickets but going at more than seven an over each.

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