Buttler stars as England beat Australia to clinch ODI series

Buttler stars as England beat Australia to clinch ODI series

Buttler stars as England beat Australia to clinch ODI series

Jos Buttler's brilliant century at the Sydney Cricket Ground helped England seal the ODI series against Australia with two games to spare.

England's side remains unchanged from the first two matches of the series. He was extremely economical in his spell too, going for just 46 runs in his quota of 10 overs and his bowling at the death was the final nail in the coffin for the Aussies as the required-rate for the hosts shot up.

Buttler played a majestic innings, reaching his ton from the final ball of the innings as England posted 302-6.

Chasing the big total, David Warner's struggles continued when he fell in the fourth over to continue Woakes's fine all-round performance.

Following their four-wicket win in the second One-Day International (ODI) here on Friday, England captain Eoin Morgan has warned Australia that his team has the ability to perform even better. Finch's imperious form continued as he calmly navigated Australia out of trouble and smashed a six to bring up his half-century in stunning style.

In a bid to be the fulcrum, captain Steve Smith played watchfully and didn't hit a boundary until the 63rd ball of his innings. But Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Tim Paine didn't give up easily as Australia got closer.

Needing conclusive proof to overturn the on-field decision, the third umpire Kumar Dharmasena chose to back in his umpires, despite replays appearing to show the ball touching turf as it bobbled in Buttler's glove.

Joe Root's day had started with rugby league star Sam Burgess presenting his 100th ODI cap, a more memorable moment than any in his knock of 27.

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1984- The previous and only time before that Australia lost three consecutive bilateral series (2 or more matches).

He was referring to the unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 113 between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes.

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.

After England had so brilliantly chased in the opening two games, Smith made a decision to bowl on a slow surface in a bid to rattle the confident tourists.

No member of Australia's much-vaunted pace cabal escaped Buttler's onslaught - Hazlewood thrashed over long-off for six, Mitchell Starc nailed for back-to-back boundaries, and Cummins going six-six-four in the penultimate over.

"This is one of the best wins from this group".

Smith dropped Morgan (41) on 18 off spinner Adam Zampa, while Starc got his fingers to a tough caught-and-bowled chance. 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.

Jos Buttler of England celebrates scoring a century. "Just them having to do it, if that makes sense".

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