Mon, Jan 22, 8:54am by Head Editor
A brilliant century from England wicket keeper Jos Buttler has seen the Three Lions clinch the One Day International series over Australia with a 16-run win at the SCG.
The 27-year-old, who is known as one of the best “finishers” of a limited overs innings in world cricket, lived up to his name, bringing up his fifth ODI century of the very last ball of the 50th and final over.
The Somerset-born right-hander hit six fours and four sixes and finished with a strike-rate of just over 120 in his knock that lasted just 83 balls.
Buttler and his teammates became the first side to beat Australia on home soil since Sri Lanka’s upset in 2010.
It was also an upset this time around, with the visitors priced as $2.60 outsider to win the series, which they’ve dominated, winning 3-0.
As if his batting display wasn’t enough, Buttler was also brilliant behind the stumps, taking a diving catch to remove Australia skipper Steve Smith in the 34th over.
The catch was a controversial one, and third umpire Kumar Dharmasena called upon to decide as to whether the ball carried or hit the turf first, but the ruling was that it was a clean catch, which led to the hosts downfall.
The best-performed Aussie batsman was once again Aaron Finch, who added a half-century to scores of 107 and 106 from the opening two games of this series.
Marcus Stoinis gave the hosts some hope with a brilliant knock of 56 off just 43 balls, but when he was caught trying to clear the fence for a third time, Australia’s hopes went with it.
The teams now head west to Adelaide for the traditional Australia Day One Day International, which will have a different feel to it now that the series has been decided.
Australia are a favourite ($1.76) to win Friday’s encounter, just as they have been for the first three games of the series, while England are $2.07 to go 4-0 up, which is the same series score that the Aussies saluted by in the Ashes.
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