Roy "played spectacularly well - chanced his arm and it came off".
Earlier, Australia scored 304 for eight with Finch, Mitchell Marsh (50, 68b, 2×4, 2×6) and Marcus Stoinis (60, 40b, 5×4, 2×6) contributing handsomely. Wood notably made life hard for David Warner, and left open the tantalising question of what a difference he might have made to England's Ashes tilt. Moeen Ali completed his overs with admirable economy placed in context by what was to follow. Knowing our middle order is incredibly special and talented and can win games from anywhere. "It was just a huge honour to be out there for England again and to get some runs on the board". By the fourth over England had galloped to 47, meaning that even after Bairstow fenced at Starc to do what is now known as a James Vince, edging behind, the momentum stayed with the tourists.
Who can forget the Australia - South Africa clash in 2006, where the 435-run total was chased down by the Proteas.
Mitchell Marsh, the talented allrounder, believes it is a golden opportunity for emerging Australian players to put their best foot forward ahead of next year's looming World Cup.
Never in his ODI career had Roy batted for more than 40 overs, and he said he had been able to mentally reset in the aftermath of the moment on 91 when he was given lbw to an Adam Zampa googly.More news: Keeping Up With the Meltdown and Spectre Bugs
More news: Ford shows off new and original Bullitt Mustangs
More news: Houston Astros Acquire Gerrit Cole from Pittsburgh Pirates
The records quickly tumbled for Roy - the highest score against Australia in ODIs, the biggest at the MCG and then the best for England, surpassing Hales' 171 against Pakistan in 2016.
Coming together at 60 for 2, Roy continued the onslaught as Root dug in. The Durham bowler's first ball was short, rising and whistled by David Warner's eye line.
Australia captain Smith credited England, but felt Australia should have added more to its tally. It shows the character of the bloke. I didn't go out there thinking I'm going to go all guns blazing, I went out there and started as I've started every other net session since I've been in Australia, trying to play the ball late, playing strong shots and all these cliches, but it was just a case of finding the gaps.
But Marsh defended Australia's loss citing fatigue as the reason.
Wood displayed the pace England so sorely lacked during their Ashes hammering, notably with his fifth ball of the match when he dismissed Australia dangerman Warner.
Marsh, however, ruled out that Australia's inability to defend a total of over 300 is a concern.
Their efforts ensured England would need to break all manner of records to achieve victory. Jason Roy's 180 stands second only to Gayle 215 off 147 balls.