Jos Buttler, Bowlers Shine as England Register Series Win Over Australia

Australia wins toss, bowls first against England in 3rd ODI

Aus win toss, elect to field first in series decider

A rejuvenated England completed a stunning turnaround from their Ashes calamity with a thrilling 16-run victory over a full-strength Australia at the SCG on Sunday (January 21) to claim a sweet One-Day International (ODI) series win with two matches to spare.

During the ongoing Sydney ODI, the third of the five-match series between Australia and England, the left-hander eclipsed Ponting's record of 1,598 runs.

Several English batsmen got promising starts, but it was wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler who helped them post an imposing 302 for six from their 50 overs. Chris Woakes remained unbeaten on 53 runs off 36 balls with five hits to the fence and two sixes.

"Jos was probably the difference between the sides on a wicket that we thought was going to be fantastic to bat on and turned out to be a little bit two-paced". Largely through Buttler's pyrotechnics, a rampant England plundered 76 runs off the final six overs to underline their deep reservoir of batting. "Hopefully, I can do it a lot better and start helping this team win some games of cricket". He was extremely economical in his spell too, going for just 46 runs in his quota of 10 overs and his bowling at the death was the final nail in the coffin for the Aussies as the required-rate for the hosts shot up. "With the ball we were outstanding".

England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood.

The pacers had no answers as Buttler and Woakes made merry at the death.

Buttler took a single off the next ball and didn't get back on strike until the final delivery, but managed to squeeze Starc's attempted yorker into the legside field and scramble through to reach his hundred, leaping into the air with excitement.

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Buttler, England's vice-captain, said: "I felt confident, and I feel like I've been hitting the ball well, working through the Big Bash and then coming into this series".

"I'm extremely proud of the way we performed", Morgan added.

"Personally performing in Australia against Cummins, Starc and Hazelwood is very satisfying".

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.

But Smith said the talent was still there ahead of next year's tournament.

"I think the way we we play at our best is if we set ourselves up and give ourselves a chance at the back end to use the power we have".

"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.

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