Joe Root top-scores as England set Australia 260 in Perth
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales all failed to convert promising starts.
Joe Root top-scored with 62 as England set Australia 260 to win the first match at Perth’s new Optus Stadium.
England enjoyed a bright start to the fifth and final one-day international after being asked to bat first at the venue’s grand opening, with Jason Roy launching an early assault.
First day of international cricket at the new Perth Stadium. It’s looking in decent fettle. pic.twitter.com/Jj4cDPOJOw— Rory Dollard (@thervd) January 28, 2018
But Roy (49), Jonny Bairstow (44) and Alex Hales (35) all failed to convert promising starts into major contributions, leaving Root to shepherd the lower order towards 259 all out.
He provided a steadying hand as he anchored the innings on a two-paced surface but the tourists, who hold an unassailable 3-1 series lead, never regained their early momentum.
David Willey and Jake Ball will both get their first chance of the campaign having been recalled for the rested new-ball pair of Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.