February 18, 2018

Brilliant Buttler century sets up England series win

23 January 2018, 02:05 | Kara Nash

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Australian cricket captain Steve Smith has denied tampering with the match ball in yesterday's loss to England in the third one-day-international in Sydney.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is the best middle-order batsman in white-ball cricket.

"We thought 300 was competitive, to have a hammer blow with one of the quicks going down hurt us a lot actually".

"We've got enough technology and broadcast out there we should be able to make decisions off the camera and take the decisions away", Pietersen said on Channel Nine.

Taylor said he supported the soft-signal but was adamant Smith should have been given not out.

Chris Woakes of England celebrates with teammates.

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The right-handed Buttler received excellent support from allrounder Chris Woakes, who struck 53 not out off 36 balls, as the duo added an unbroken stand of 113 after coming together with the score on 186/6 with 12 overs still to go. "I remember in Dubai against Pakistan he just exploded from 50 to 100", Vaughan said on BT Sport as quoted by The Cricketer.

Aaron Finch, who made centuries in each of the first two matches, top scored with 62, while Marcus Stoinis (56) and Mitchell Marsh (55) also made half-centuries after Smith was controversially given out for 45 when caught behind by Buttler although replays were inconclusive as to whether the ball had carried through.

England set Australia 303 to win thanks to a wonderful century from Buttler in 83 balls. "We have got to try to find ways to get over the line". It was a bit of a cat-fight for quite a stage and Jos anchored the innings until about the 40th over and then really did pull the trigger.

Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Steve Smith's side was ruled to be two overs short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration. "We have seen him do that before but against one of the best sides in the world it is great to watch". Though Root went at almost seven an over, the fact that Australia couldn't score at a run a ball against Rashid and Moeen Ali meant Morgan never felt he lost control of the innings.

Jason Roy and Alex Hales both fell cheaply, while Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root got starts which they couldn't turn into anything substantial.

But England's much-lauded depth in batting gave them a late surge, with Buttler and Woakes combining brilliantly as the shadows lengthened for a rollicking partnership that lifted England to a total that had seemed well out of reach.

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