Buttler slams ton as England resist Australia to win series

Jos Buttler looked at his attacking best in Brisbane
Jos Buttler looked at his attacking best in Brisbane

England 302-6 (Buttler 100nno) beat
Australia 286-6 (Finch 62) by 16 runs
Third One-Day International in Sydney

Jos Buttler scored an 83-ball century to take England to 302 following which a collective effort from the bowlers saw them keep Australia down to 286 for six in the chase in the third One-Day International in Sydney to take the series 3-0.

Chasing the score, Australia suffered an early blow when David Warner (8) chipped a delivery from Chris Woakes (2-57) to cover point and Cameron White (17) looked positive after promoted to number three before he nicked a Mark Wood (2-46) delivery behind the stumps.

Australia ended the first powerplay with a score of 49 for two. Moeen Ali (0-57) was introduced in the 11th over and he was greeted with a six by Aaron Finch (62). England suffered a setback when Liam Plunkett (0-6) pulled a hamstring and left the field in the 12th over as both Finch and Steven Smith (45) began to consolidate.

Finch reached his fifty when he hit Joe Root (0-60) for back to back sixes in the 20th over but was soon trapped LBW by Adil Rashid (2-51). Even a review couldn't save him there.

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.

The decisive moment in the game came in the 34th over, when Smith tried to slice up Wood but ended up nicking one to Buttler. The replays were inconclusive for a clean catch which led the third umpire to go with the soft signal of out.

Marsh completed his 11th ODI fifty before he holed out to long-on to give Rashid his second wicket. Australia had 90 runs to get off the final 10 overs and despite a spirited fight from Marcus Stoinis (56) and Tim Paine (31 not out), they fell 17 short of the target.

For England, Rashid, Wood and Woakes shared two wickets apiece.

Earlier it was Australia, who won the toss and decided to bowl first. Jason Roy (19) and Jonny Bairstow (39) started the proceedings with 38 runs off 42 deliveries.

Roy and Alex Hales (1) fell in quick succession as the visitors' momentum was jolted a bit but Bairstow, Root (27) and Eoin Morgan (41) lifted them to 172 for five with 15 overs to go.

As Australia thought they had things under control, Buttler (100 not out) with his 83-ball brilliance that had six boundaries and four maximums turned the game around as England added 102 runs off the final 10 overs without losing a wicket to take the total to 302 for six.

Woakes (53 not out) also played a handy knock as his unbeaten 113 run stand with Buttler proved to be the difference at the end.

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