Buttler slams ton as England resist Australia to win series

Buttler slams ton as England resist Australia to win series

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.

Buttler [100*] and Woakes [53*] produced a remarkable seventh-wicket stand of 113 runs in just 11.5 overs in an entertaining end to the tourists' innings that left them with a total of 302/6 - only the second time they had ever passed the 300-mark in an ODI contest at Sydney's SCG.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler scampered two runs off the final delivery to bring up his fifth one-day global ton - his slowest at 83 balls - before England took a steady stream of wickets as Australia failed to keep up the required run-rate.

Chasing a target of 303, the Aussies were 181/3 in the 33rd over when England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler confidently claimed a catch off the bat of Smith and the bowling of fast bowler Mark Wood.

Vaughan, who captained England from 2003-2008, including winning the 2005 Ashes, recalled Buttler's earlier efforts of plundering late runs while finishing off innings rapidly.

Australian captain Steve Smith.

"That's just not good enough", Smith said. But the decision was sent to the third umpire, Kumar Dharmasena, to judge whether or not the catch was taken cleanly.

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Australia had six players reach double figures but none could match Buttler's blazing ton, which changed the game.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa's omission in favour of batsman Cameron White raised eyebrows, particularly when England's spinners contributed to slowing Australia's bright start.

But Smith said the side's problems stretched deeper than just spin bowling, with Friday's defeat their ninth from the last 10 completed games played.

"With what's happened recently, we are reviewing how we're actually playing the game and type of player that's required in the one-day format".

"We are 15 guys who can all do a fantastic role and have got full confidence that anyone who comes in the squad, he is going to give 100 per cent". "I think might have been a little bit of ground involved to stop the ball bouncing out of his hand".

It is tempting in retrospect to view the first 22 overs of the England innings as a phony war, a scene-setter for the brilliance to come, but that would be unfair on Australia's reunited seamers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. So, we will be trying very soon to get together the main nucleus of our squad so they can play together for some time.