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Roy century leaves Australia facing record chase

The Surrey opener enjoyed his ODI return to Cardiff as England piled on the runs against Australia.

Jason Roy celebrates after reaching his century (Nigel French/PA)
Jason Roy celebrates after reaching his century (Nigel French/PA)

Jason Roy marked his one-day international return to Cardiff with a memorable century as England piled up a record target for Australia.

Roy, dropped by England for last year’s Champions Trophy semi-final on this ground, was back at Sophia Gardens less than two weeks later in a Twenty20 international against South Africa.

But on his first ODI visit since England’s defeat to Pakistan, one year and two days ago, the opener hit 120 from 108 balls in a total of 342 for eight – leaving Australia to try to pull off the highest run chase in their history to level the series at 1-1.

On the way to his fifth century in this format, and first since his national-record 180 against these same opponents in Melbourne six months ago, Roy shared successive 50-plus stands with his fellow opener Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root and then Jos Buttler (91no).

He had a new national-best in his sights until he was caught behind off an inside-edge on an Andrew Tye variation, brilliantly gathered by a diving Tim Paine in his left glove – just three balls after the Australia captain suffered a bloodied lip from one which took an awkward bounce into his face.

But if Australia dared to breathe a sigh of relief, having put England in on a cloudy morning, it did not last long thanks to Buttler – who hit two successive trademark ramp-shot sixes off the pace of Jhye Richardson to kickstart a predictably manic last 10 overs with one which cost 20 in all.

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