Sunday , September 23 2018

Buttler century sees England to thrilling series sweep of Australia

Hosts beat tourists by one-wicket

MANCHESTER, June 24, (AFP): Jos Buttler’s superb 110 not out saw England to a dramatic one-wicket win over Australia in the fifth and final one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Victory saw England complete their first 5-0 series sweep of Australia in any format in more than 140 years of international men’s matches between the arch-rivals.

Set just 206 to win, England slumped to 50 for five and 114 for eight.

They were still 11 runs shy of victory at 195 for nine when Adil Rashid (20), who had helped Buttler add 81, was dismissed to leave England 195 for nine.

But Buttler responded by hitting part-time seamer Marcus Stoinis for six to complete a hundred off 117 balls — the first time the usually rapid-scoring wicketkeeper-batsman had faced more than 100 balls at this level.

Last man Jake Ball held his nerve and Buttler won the match with nine balls to spare when he hit Stoinis for four.

It was a win celebrated by raucous cheers from 23,500 capacity sun-drenched crowd, some of whom had previously enjoyed the goals the England football team scored in a 6-1 World Cup rout of Panama.

Fast bowler Billy Stanlake’s opening spell of three wickets for 18 runs had given Australia a shot of a first international win under coach Justin Langer, appointed after Darren Lehmann resigned in the fall-out from the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in March.

It took England just four balls to lose their first wicket when the in-form Jason Roy, fresh from his 101 in the fourth ODI at Chester-le-Street on Thursday, was bowled attempting a big hit off left-arm spinner Ashton Agar.

Stanlake then bowled Jonny Bairstow (12) and had Test skipper Joe Root (one) well caught at slip by Shaun Marsh.

When Stanlake bowled England captain Eoin Morgan for a duck, the hosts were 27 for four.

England were 66 for five off 16 overs when ‘lunch’ was taken.

Buttler (27 not out) and Moeen Ali (three not out) were then at the crease, but but Ali (16) fell to Stoinis soon afterwards.

And England were 114 for eight in the 30th over when Kane Richardson struck twice in two balls to remove ODI debutant Sam Curran and Liam Plunkett.

Rashid survived the hat-trick, however, and then helped take Buttler to the brink of victory before he was well caught by Stanlake, at fine leg, off Stoinis. Earlier, off-spinner Ali took an ODI best four for 46 as England, the number one-ranked side in this format, dismissed world champions Australia, who won the toss, for 205 inside 35 overs.

Travis Head (56) was the only Australia batsman to pass fifty, with D’Arcy Short stranded on 47 not out.

Together with opening partner Aaron Finch, he put on 60 inside seven overs.

It was then that Ali took two wickets for no runs in three balls as spin again proved to be Australia’s Achilles heel.

With his third ball of the match, Ali had Finch (22) under-edging a pull onto his stumps.

Scoreboard

AUSTRALIA

  1. Finch b Ali………………………………………… 22
  2. Head c Morgan b Plunkett……………………… 56
  3. Stoinis c Ball b Ali………………………………… 0
  4. Marsh st Buttler b Ali…………………………….. 8
  5. Carey c Buttler b Curran………………………. 44
  6. Paine run out (Buttler)……………………………. 1
  7. Short not out…………………………………….. 47
  8. Agar b Curran……………………………………… 0
  9. Richardson run out (Ali/Buttler)……………….. 14
  10. Lyon lbw b Rashid……………………………….. 1
  11. Stanlake b Ali……………………………………… 2

Extras (lb3, w7)……………………………………… 10

Total (all out, 34.4 overs) 205

Fall of wickets: 1-60 (Finch), 2-60 (Stoinis), 3-90 (Head), 4-97 (Marsh), 5-100 (Paine), 6-159 (Carey), 7-159 (Agar), 8-181 (Richardson), 9-193 (Lyon), 10-205 (Stanlake)

Bowling: Ball 5-0-29-0 (1w); Curran 6-0-44-2 (2w); Root 3-0-32-0; Ali 8.4-0-46-4 (1w); Plunkett 4-0-19-1 (2w); Rashid 8-0-32-1 (1w)

ENGLAND

  1. Roy b Agar…………………………………………. 1
  2. Bairstow b Stanlake……………………………… 12
  3. Hales c Paine b Richardson…………………… 20
  4. Root c Marsh b Stanlake………………………… 1
  5. Morgan b Stanlake………………………………… 0
  6. Buttler not out…………………………………… 110
  7. Ali c Lyon b Stoinis…………………………….. 16
  8. Curran c Paine b Richardson………………….. 15
  9. Plunkett c Paine b Richardson………………….. 0
  10. Rashid c Stanlake b Stoinis…………………… 20
  11. Ball not out…………………………………………. 1

Extras (lb7, w5)……………………………………… 12

Total (9 wkts, 48.3 overs) 208

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Roy), 2-19 (Bairstow), 3-23 (Root), 4-27 (Morgan), 5-50 (Hales), 6-86 (Ali), 7-114 (Curran), 8-114 (Plunkett), 9-195 (Rashid)

Bowling: Agar 10-2-34-1 (1w); Stanlake 10-1-35-3; Lyon 10-0-32-0; Richardson 9-0-51-3 (1w); Stoinis 8.3-0-37-2 (2w); Short 1-0-12-0

Result: England won by one wicket

Man-of-the-match: Jos Buttler (ENG)

Series: England win five-match series 5-0

Man-of-the-series: Jos Buttler (ENG)

 

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