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Root fit to play in ODI series opener, Warner in doubt

14 January 2018, 05:48 | Erica Roy

Morgan however doesn't believe Smith will have a similar effect on Sunday

Morgan however doesn't believe Smith will have a similar effect on Sunday

On Sunday, Roy went past Hales' 171 to finish with 180 as England powered to victory in the series opener against Australia at the MCG. Knowing each other's roles is important and everybody knows their own roles. More than anything, over the next year or so, I'll have a really good indication of how I want us to play as a team.

Root will be Eoin Morgan's No 2 for the next five one-day internationals with fire replacing sickness in his belly, especially as far some England players are concerned.

The 27-year-old has now played nine Tests Down Under across two series, losing eight and failing to experience a single success.

"It was obviously quite tough, we knew the boys were going to be a bit down and it was our task to come in and lighten up the mood, bring the positivity and get the boys going".

England captain Eoin Morgan said the return of Roy, who missed selection in the Champions Trophy a year ago, and Root's shift down to No. 4 had really lengthened the batting lineup.

"I think we made big strides".

One for 49 only begins to tell the tale of his contribution, which included a string of waspish bouncers, regular flirtation with the 90mph mark and the tone-setting dismissal of David Warner, caught at slip off a ball that thudded into the shoulder of the bat. "These things happen. You have to take them on the chin and move on". In the warm-up match against the Cricket Australia XI, they didn't have to make the decision as it was a 12-a-side affair, although the two spinners bowled 20 overs between them and Tom Curran just three which probably gave a strong clue. When Travis Head was out for 5 to the last ball of the 14th over, Australia was in trouble at 78-3. "Yeah I hope so", he said.

Legspinner Zampa (0-72) bore the brunt of the damage with Roy hitting three sixes off his bowling, but Starc (2-71), Cummins (2-63) and debutant Andrew Tye (0-43) had few answers either.

"I kind of turned away because I did feel I might've been outside the line", Roy said. The doctor was with me for most of that period and he chose to get us to the hospital and see what they could do about it. I was counting down the minutes to when I could come off and have a break.

Despite the crushing defeat, Smith was not particularly crestfallen knowing it took a record breaking knock from Jason Roy for England to chase down 305.

Wood's opening burst was quicker and fierier than anything the Australian batsmen have faced this winter and must surely, and swiftly, have brought about the realisation that while England's Test side may have lacked the tools to compete in Australian conditions, the white-ball team have no such problems. "Hopefully, that'll show in the coming months".

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