England batsman Jason Roy was pleased tasted “a bit of their own medicine” on Sunday at the MCG after returning quick Mark Wood caused issues for the hosts in England’s five wicket win in the first one-day international.
While Roy’s 180 from 151 balls – the highest score from and England player in ODI history and the biggest ODI score by a player at the MCG – unsurprisingly earned him man of the match honours, Wood’s 1-49 from 10 overs was also impressive. Wood missed the Ashes series following injury but bowled with bounce and pace not seen from England during their 4-0 Test series loss. His pace – consistently in excess of 140 km/h – was too much for David Warner to handle, with the n vice-captain becoming an early victim for just two.
Roy said it was refreshing to see ‘s batsmen challenged against bona fide pace after Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc caused repeated issues for England during the Tests.
“A bit of their own medicine was quite nice,” Roy said.
“Obviously the boys have copped it a bit over the last month or so and to see Woody coming in and doing that is a huge positive for us, he’s a massive asset I think.”
n captain Steve Smith agreed Wood had bowled well.
“He probably had a little bit more pace than the other bowlers throughout the summer,” Smith said.
“But the wicket actually had a lot more pace and bounce, and we saw in both innings every now and again a ball just taking off a bit. He got a few of those to rise at certain times, particularly with the newer ball. I thought he bowled well in his first game back.”
The five-match series continues in Brisbane on Friday. The loss was ‘s eighth from their past nine completed ODIs.