England seal ODI series win against Australia

Lynette Rowe
January 22, 2018

Jos Buttler's unbeaten century sees England clinch the one-day worldwide series against Australia with a 16-run victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Eoin Morgan's men became the first side to beat the hosts in their own backyard in an ODI series since Sri Lanka in 2010-11 after putting up an imposing total of 302-6 in their 50 overs.

England has retained the same team that won the first two matches and captain Eoin Morgan was happy to bat first.

Conditions: While temperature rise, Sydney could resemble more of Melbourne with its relatively extreme heat, the pitch might suit the batsmen more in both innings.

After losing early wickets, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root batted for more than ten overs without scoring a boundary as Australia's fast bowlers applied consistent pressure.

Jos Buttler dazzled as England turned a precarious position into a platform for victory at the SCG.

Wood and Buttler had earlier combined to dismiss dangerman Smith, brilliantly caught low down by the wicketkeeper and given out on the field, a decision confirmed after an agonising series of video playbacks and much to Smith's displeasure.

Australia, on the other hand, had made four changes.

Opener Aaron Finch contributed 62 runs for the side.

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The bucket-load of runs conceded in the death overs on a hard wicket was what ultimately cost Australia the match and the series as they allowed England a total which was at least 30 runs over par. Smith's departure followed three minutes of checking different angles, as Kumar Dharmasena failed to uncover evidence to overturn Chris Gaffaney's belief that the delivery from Mark Wood had been scooped up in Buttler's glove without touching the turf.

Buttler was given out lbw on 97 to start the final over but successfully reviewed the decision and then scored the needed two runs off the final ball of the innings to deservedly notch a brilliant century.

Smith enjoyed a reprieve when he was put down by Buttler and his stand with Mitchell Marsh (55) meant Australia looked fairly comfortable at 166 for three in the 30 overs.

They didn't quite have the fancied start to their batting innings as the Australian pace attack was on top in the first half and had them under the pump at 107/4 but the 113-run partnership between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes gave them a thunderous push to end up with 302.

Marsh looked to counter attack by targeting Adil Rashid, but holed out to long on off the leg-spinner - who earlier trapped the risky Finch lbw - leaving Australia having to rebuild when they should have been accelerating.

England's Jos Buttler hits out during the First One Day International at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Buttler, on 97, was nearly denied a century when umpire Chris Gaffaney raised his finger for an lbw shout from Starc but the replay left no doubt the ball had ricocheted off the bat before hitting the pad. Despite of this, England went on to put up over 300 on the board and then ended up winning the match by 16 runs.

After a crucial 39 not out in the second ODI, Woakes again proved how vital he is at number eight, bringing up his fifty with a tremendous pull shot for six off Mitchell Starc as he and Buttler smashed 76 runs in the final six overs, 38 of which were plundered off the last two.

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