Buttler's ton helps England lock series against Aussies

Buttler's ton helps England lock series against Aussies

Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid chipped in with two wickets apiece.

England defeated Australia by 16 runs in the third one day worldwide at the Sydney Cricket Ground Sunday to clinch their five-game series with two games to spare and hand the world champions their first ODI series defeat at home since 2010.

"Jos was probably the difference between the two sides, certainly with the bat".

In all, the pair added 102 runs in the final 10 overs, a remarkable effort given their team-mates' struggles on an awkward surface.

Wood accounted for the big wickets of Steve Smith and Cameron White, having both batsmen caught behind by Buttler.

Australia's chase was led in familiar fashion by Aaron Finch, who followed up hundreds in Melbourne and Brisbane with a confident 62.

Vaughan cited the brilliant century by Jos Buttler was a testimony of his skill.

Australia were ahead of England nearly throughout the game but the death overs made the difference. The soft signal was out and numerous replays proved inconclusive for the third umpire much to the dismay of the crowd and a disappointed Smith, who repeatedly shook his head as he walked off the field.

Jos Buttler celebrates a wicket with Mark Wood and Adil Rashid
Jos Buttler celebrates a wicket with Mark Wood and Adil Rashid

Last man Tim Paine scored 31 as Australia tasted the defeat.

Buttler notched his five one-day global century from the last ball of the innings, as England helped themselves to 38 off the last two overs. Largely through Buttler's pyrotechnics, a rampant England plundered 76 runs off the final six overs to underline their deep reservoir of batting.

Steve Smith won the toss for the second game in a row and this time made a decision to bowl first.

Australia's trio of Ashes quicks all went for runs in their first one-day game together since last June, with Starc (0-63) and Pat Cummins (1-67) going at more than six an over and Josh Hazlewood (2-58) also expensive.

"At no stage did Australia bring the run rate down quite considerably which would have meant bringing one of our better bowlers on earlier than intended". Now, they have lost to New Zealand, India and to England.

The big hits came out as boundaries and sixes flowed like a river at the SCG.

Australia reinstalled their spinner Adam Zampa, and the leggie justified his selection with a stunning wrong-un that bamboozled England opener Jonny Bairstow and cleaned up his stumps. On-field umpires are there to make decisions and answer appeals, not simply to send them upstairs to the third umpire to take the call.

Asked to bat first, England rode on an unbeaten century from Jos Buttler to post 302/6 in their 50 overs. Moeen Ali, who endured a horrific Ashes series, had a major reprieve when a skier from a mistimed pull shot was dropped in an embarrassing blunder from White, normally a spectacular fieldsman.

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