Monday 19 February 2018 / 10:55 PM


Via England Cricket Media

Jos Buttler hit a stunning century to help England wrap up the ODI series in Australia with two games remaining, the hosts falling 16 runs short of the tourists’ 6/302 first-innings total.

England named an unchanged side for the third successive match as they looked to seal a 3-0 series victory.

Australia made four changes to their side as Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa were all named in their team for a must-win match.

Steve Smith won the toss for the second game in a row and this time decided to bowl first.

Before play, England batsman Joe Root was presented with his 100th ODI cap from fellow Yorkshireman Sam Burgess, a rugby league player for England and South Sydney.

England set Australia 303 to win thanks to a wonderful century from Buttler in 83 balls. The vice-captain used 52 deliveries for his first half-century but needed just 31 more balls to move to three figures by running two on the last ball of the innings.

Buttler’s 113-run partnership with Chris Woakes (53 from 36 balls) allowed England to finish on 302/6, a total that had looked beyond them after a shaky start to the innings.

The tourists’ batsman had struggled to build momentum, with wickets stalling their progress on a slow pitch where it was difficult to get the ball away to the boundary.

Jonny Bairstow (39) and Eoin Morgan (41) chipped in the the Three Lions but it was the Buttler-Woakes partnership from only 11.5 overs that allowed England to pass 300.

Australia made an aggressive start but were pegged back when Woakes dismissed opener David Warner for eight in the fourth over.

Mark Wood removed Cameron White caught behind for 17, then Aaron Finch was unable to score his third straight hundred as he was trapped lbw by Adil Rashid for 62.

Australia rebuilt their innings through Smith and Mitchell Marsh before the captain fell for 45. The captain nicked behind to Buttler off Wood, with the England wicketkeeper taking a fantastic catch and the decision standing after the third umpire had watched multiple replays to check if the ball had carried.

Marsh then holed out to Alex Hales at long leg trying to smash Adil Rashid for six, and the required run rate for Australia crept up to more than 10 an over.

Marcus Stoinis jangled the tourists’ nerves with a powerful 56 but he perished in the final over.

Stat of the Day

Eoin Morgan is now the all-time leading run-scorer in ODIs between Australia and England. He surpassed Ricky Ponting (1,598 runs) and now has 1,628 runs in the fixtures.

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