Australia whitewashed England 0-3 in the series, with the visitors suffering their biggest ever defeat in the 50-over format with a massive 221-run margin in a rain-affected game via the DLS method in the third and final One Day International match of the three-match series at Melbourne Cricket Ground, MCG, on Tuesday, November 22.
David Warner and Travis Head put on a 269-run partnership for the opening wicket as the duo smashed centuries, and the pair recorded the highest stand for any wicket in ODIs at the MCG. The ODI series is not part of the ICC’s Super League, so England fielded a depleted team. Most of their players are in Abu Dhabi as part of preparations for the upcoming Pakistan Test tour.
I’m Not Fussed At All About The Results – Jos Buttler
During an interaction with BBC Sport, Jos Buttler admitted that his team was outplayed by the Aussies in the series, but he was not fussed at all about the results.
“It was always going to be a tough series for us, coming off the back of the World Cup. It’s just been a few games too far and fair play to Australia, they have outplayed us. It’s not part of the ranking system [Super League] so there’s not as much on the games as there would be,” captain Buttler told BBC
“Any time England play Australia you want to put up good performances, but it’s just been hard. I’m not fussed at all about the results, to be honest. We’ve got exactly what we wanted from [the tour to] Australia,” he added.
ICC Tournaments Should Be A Little Bit More Spread Out – Jos Buttler
England captain Jos Buttler has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to find ways to make bilateral series more relevant, citing the Australia series as an example of how not to do it.
“Just to take care of it, find a way to keep it all relevant. Maybe the ICC tournaments should be a little bit more spread out: it gives you a little bit more time to prepare and it makes them probably a bit more special when they do come around as well,” Buttler said.
“The landscape of cricket has changed dramatically over the last few years, and we’re in a different time. Lots of people are talking about how you keep bilateral cricket relevant and I think this series is a good example of how probably not to do it,” he added.