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Buttler blast sets up England to seal seriesMatch DetailsSeries: England tour of Australia and New Zealand 2017/18Toss: Australia , elected to field firstPlayer Of The Match: Jos ButtlerUmpires: Chris Gaffaney and Simon FryTV Umpires: Kumar DharmasenaReserve Umpire: Sam NogajskiMatch Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
CommentaryEnd of over: 50 5 Runs 1 Wkt AUS: 286/6
10.30pm: That is a wrap, folks. Mel Farrell’s report will tell the story of an all round performance that clinched things for England; they’re on a roll, though Australia can of course console themselves by gazing at the urn. How long until England propose making the Ashes points based across all formats, I wonder? Anyway, thanks for your comments, as ever we’ll be back for for on Friday. From Nikhil and myself, cheerio for now!
10.15pm: Thanks Nikhil, that was coolly done at the death. Time for the presentations, England now 3 0 up of course. Australia’s captain Steve Smith is first up: “Yeah, disappointing tonight, I thought the way we bowled in the first 45 overs was good, but Jos played exceptionally well, Woakesy too, but we bowled poorly at the end, can’t do that to a guy like Jos. We were chasing prob 30 too many, batted well but not enough to get over the line. [Dismissal?] It got given out, so I had to get off the field, wasn’t hitting it very well anyway, gave some other guys a chance and they almost got us home. [Stoinis?] He’s a powerful guy, a real positive. Our one day cricket hasn’t been up to scratch, we’ve got to find ways to win against quality opposition. [Adelaide for Australia Day, then new stadium in Perth] Two great days, hopefully two great occasions hopefully the crowds turn up and we can put on a show.”
Jos Buttler is unsurprisingly Man of the Match: “Great win, probably the best we’ve had. Had to find a bowler, Root bowling Liam Plunkett’s overs, guys kept putting in performances. We’ve championed this way of playing, even if you lose wickets. Chris and I tried to push on, we were looking at 270 but we had a couple of good overs. [Innings?] Against Cummins, Starc, etc it was very special.”
England captain Eoin Morgan: “So proud of the guys today, Jos was probably the the difference between the sides. On a two paced wicket, he paced it to perfection, played the anchor until about five or six overs out. We thought 300 was competitive, to have a hammer blow with one of the quicks going down hurt us a lot actually. This is one of the best wins from this group. With our bowling efforts, everybody was required to give a bit extra and everyone did. With the ball we were outstanding. [Rest of series?] Hopefully two more wins, we’re going to play our strongest possible XI.”
10.08pm This England ODI juggernaut continues to roll. They have got to be one of the best in the world currently. They have beaten a strong Australia team thrice in succession away from home. And three convincing wins. The series is done. The Tests and the ODIs one sided, but dominated by different teams.
The game, on a tricky SCG pitch, was set up by the belligerence of Jos Buttler, who smashed another terrific hundred. The England bowling was disciplined and accurate, and they did what they had to in the end overs to prevent an in form middle order from doing too much damage. An iffy moment with Steven Smith’s dismissal, but England thorough and clinical again.
49.6Woakes to Paine, 1 run, a slower ball on off, swatted to deep square leg and England win the ODI series. Wide smiles on England’s faces, Buttler knows the quality and the significance of the innings he played!The final ball, the required rate 108
49.5Woakes to Cummins, 1 run, a short and wide delivery, slashed to deep point49.4Woakes to Cummins, no run, there it is, a wide yorker creeps under Cummins’ bat. Buttler is pumped. What an innings he playedThey can tie it with three sixes, I’m reminded. Cummins is. “We will rock you,” blaring at the SCG.
49.3Woakes to Stoinis, OUT, and taken at deep square leg. This game’s gone. A short delivery on middle and leg, the slower bouncer, forcing a tiring Stoinis to generate his own pace. He is too tired, all he can do is pull the ball to deep square leg. Billings runs in and takes a good, low catch.49.2Woakes to Stoinis, 2 runs, a nice full, wide yorker outside off, jammed out to long on. Bad enough timing to come back for two49.1Woakes to Paine, 1 run, a slower ball on leg, heaved to long on. They opt to stick with one. Stoinis wants the strike.