England beat Australia by 16 runs in Sydney to clinch ODI series
England defeated Australia by 16 runs in the third someday worldwide on the Sydney Cricket Ground Sunday to clinch their five-game series with two video games to spare and hand the world champions their first ODI series defeat at residence since 2010. After being thumped 4-Zero in the Ashes check series, England’s limited-overs players produced a shocking turnaround to beat the Australians thrice in per week, outplaying the house group each when chasing and defending massive totals.
Needing to win Sunday’s match to hold the series alive, Australia introduced their finest quick bowlers collectively for the primary time because the Ashes but it surely was to no avail as England’s middle-order pounded Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins on the loss of life to submit an imposing whole of 302 for six.
Jos Buttler hit two runs off the ultimate ball to full his first ODI century in opposition to Australia after sharing an unbroken 113-run partnership with Chris Woakes that proved the distinction between the perimeters. The vacationers had seemed to be in bother after slumping to 189-6 in the 39th over however rebounded in spectacular trend with Buttler belting six boundaries and 4 sixes to end 100 not out from simply 83 balls, whereas Woakes chipped in with 5 fours and cleared the rope twice to stay unbeaten on 53 off solely 36 deliveries.
The Australians didn’t assist themselves in the sphere, bowling 13 wides and dropping three catches, together with one off Buttler when he was on 70. The Englishman had one other scare on 97 when he was given out leg earlier than wicket on the primary ball of the final over however the determination was appropriately overturned on evaluate after replays confirmed the ball hit the sting of his bat.
Buttler took a single off the subsequent ball and didn’t get again on strike till the ultimate supply, however managed to squeeze Starc’s tried yorker into the legside subject and scramble by means of to attain his hundred, leaping into the air with pleasure. Australia’s reply started poorly when Dave Warner and Cameron White each went cheaply however Steve Smith’s males had been thrown an sudden lifeline when England paceman Liam Plunkett pulled a hamstring in his second over and was pressured off the sphere, leaving the vacationers a bowler brief.
Most of the Australians made begins however none was ready to go on and submit an enormous quantity to match Buttler’s electrifying price. Aaron Finch, who made centuries in every of the primary two matches, high scored with 62, whereas Marcus Stoinis (56) and Mitchell Marsh (55) additionally made half-centuries after Smith was controversially given out for 45 when caught behind by Buttler though replays had been inconclusive as to whether or not the ball had carried by means of.