Buttler hundred palms England ODI collection victory

Marsha Scott
January 22, 2018

Smith dropped down from No.3 in Sunday's 16-run loss to England at the SCG, in a bid to add more stability to the middle order after late-innings disappointments plagued Australia's first two losses of the series.

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. Allrounder Chris Woakes, who scored a brilliant half-century to combine with Buttler, held his nerve and dismissed dangerman Marcus Stoinis (56 from 43 balls) to effectively end the match and seal a convincing series triumph for the ODI powerhouse.

Steve Smith will stay at No.4 for the remainder of the one-day series against England, but the Australian captain says he needs to recapture his own form at the crease.

Buttler reached his fifty from a sedate 52 deliveries from the first ball of the 41st over - he had struck just two fours and a six at that point - but it wasn't long before his invention was on display, starting with his scoop over wicketkeeper Tim Paine for four.

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.

Smith wants the decision to be taken completely out of the hands of the on-field umpires and left upstairs to the video room.

Stoinis and Paine (31 not out) tried to do so and put on a stand of 74 that set up a tense finale, before some adept bowling from Wood ensured the hosts needed an unlikely 22 off the final over.

But Cummins conceded an astonishing 24 runs from the last with Buttler smashing two sixes and a four in successive balls.

Buttler scored an unbeaten 100 in 83 balls to set England on course for a 3-0 series lead
Buttler scored an unbeaten 100 in 83 balls to set England on course for a 3-0 series lead

Australia has lost their way tactically and constant chopping and changing of personnel means they are yet to settle on a combination that can match it with the best teams.

Prior to the one-day series, Australia said they would rest Hazlewood, Cummins and Starc, the fast bowling trio who took 66 wickets between them during the Ashes, at different points.

Each offered a threat with their pace and accuracy, ensuring England's batsmen were never able to settle, even after getting starts.

England ODI captain Eoin Morgan said Buttler had engineered of the best wins he'd been part of.

Australia skipper Steve Smith: "We were chasing 30 too many and we couldn't get that momentum going".

Jonny Bairstow made 39, before he was clean bowled by Adam Zampa.

"Something to look at for Adelaide, hopefully I can do it a lot better and start helping this team win some games of cricket".

Jos Buttler plays a shot into the off side during his century in Sydney. "I wasn't batting very well anyway so it gave someone else a chance".

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