England clinched a nail-biting thriller against England by just a solitary wicket in the 5th and the final ODI to whitewash the Aussies by a 5-0. For the first time in the series, the Australian bowlers tested the English batsmen. They were stretched quite badly. However, stunning innings from the blade of Jos Buttler eventually helped England seal the match from the jaws of defeat.
Yet again Australian skipper Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bat. The start proved to be quite astonishing for the visitors. The opening duo of Aaron Finch and Travis Head got them off to a flying start. Australia raced off to 60/0 in the 7th over before the fall of Finch’s wicket. From there on it was a below-par batting performance by the Aussies. It has been the case for the majority of the series.
Alex Carey chipped in with an useful 44. However, kept falling at the other end. D’Arcy Short was sent way down the batting order but he chipped in with a valuable knock. His 47 helped Australia get past the 200 mark. Their run rate was over 6 runs per over for the major part of the innings.
However, the consistent wickets went on to hurt them badly. They were eventually skittled out for 205 in just the 35th over. Moeen Ali was the pick of the English bowlers bagging 4/46 in his allotted 10 overs. England got off to the worst possible start as left-arm spinner Ashton Agar breached through man in form Jason Roy’s defence. Bairstow, Root and Eoin Morgan also fell in quick succession as England were reduced to 27/4.
Billy Stanlake produced a magnificent spell of fast bowling where he bagged 3 prized wickets to peg the hosts back. England kept losing wickets at regular intervals and was never really in the game until Jos Buttler came to the rescue. He played a blinder of an innings and was supported well by the tail-enders. He smashed a sensational unbeaten 110 of 122 deliveries which proved to be the difference between the two sides. His innings was studded with 12 fours and a six as England reached the total in the penultimate over.
Here is how Twitter reacted after England’s nail-biting victory
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 24, 2018
— Akhil Gupta ? (@Guptastats92) June 24, 2018
This is England's only 2nd 5-0 ODI series victory against any opponent – beat Zimbabwe (in Zim) 5-0 in October 2001.
This is Australia's only 2nd 5-0 ODI series defeat against any opponent – lost to South Africa (in SAf) 0-5 in Sept-Oct 2016.#EngvAus
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 24, 2018
Thriller. An outstanding effort from England to beat the Aussies 5-0. Even though Australia were missing quite a few players, really loved the ruthlessness of this England side. Top effort today from @josbuttler for the magnificent 100 today#ENGvAUS
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 24, 2018
— James Anderson (@jimmy9) June 24, 2018
Jos Buttler's scores since start of May:
IPL – 67, 51, 82, 95*, 94*, 39
Tests – 14, 67, 80*
ODIs – 9, 91*, 11, 54*, 110*
10 fifty-plus scores in 14 innings.
864 runs at average 108.00. #EngvAus
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) June 24, 2018
Jos butler – matchwinner! #ENGvAUS
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 24, 2018
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 24, 2018
Are the current World Champions a two-men team though? No Smith…No Warner…No Win for Australia? #EngvAus
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 24, 2018
Of all England’s ODIs victories since the World Cup, in amongst world record scores & brilliant batting, arguably their two most significant wins have come in Sydney defending 302 with four frontline bowlers & from 27-4 in Manchester today. Buttler scored 100 in both. #EngvAus
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) June 24, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 24, 2018
Low scoring thrillers > 400plus run-fest. #EngvAus
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 24, 2018