It was a special knock from Jos Buttler which helped England to clinch a 5-0 series victory against Tim Paine led Australia in the fifth and the final One-day International at the Old Trafford.
The English bowlers were quite brilliant yet again and managed to restrict them to just 205. However, the Australian bowlers tested the English batting line-up for the first time and reduced them to 114 for eight. However, Buttler ensured to claim a nail-biting thriller.
Aussie skipper Paine won the toss and yet again decided to bat first. Australia got off to a brisk start courtesy their openers Aaron Finch and Travis Head. Both the batsmen played some delightful shots as Australia raced off to 60 only in the seventh over.
However, the dismissal of Finch enabled England to claw their way back into the match.
D’Arcy Short who is an opener was sent way down in the batting order. However, the southpaw played a fine knock of 47 runs which eventually helped Australia go past the 200-run mark. He scored 47 off 52 deliveries. His innings was laced with four boundaries.
Well, they were eventually bowled out for just 205 in the 25th over. For the hosts, Moeen Ali was the star performer bagging four wickets.
When the score was 114 for eight, Australia looked well in command of proceedings. However, Buttler had different ideas. He batted superbly and notched up a sensational century. He shared an 81-run stand with Adil Rashid for the ninth wicket which eventually helped them cross the finishing line.
Buttler remained unbeaten on 110 off 122 deliveries which were studded with 12 fours and a solitary six.
This is what the Australian skipper Tim Paine said after the 5-0 series defeat
“We’ve certainly been taught a lesson from a world-class outfit. We had them under pressure; Rashid and Jos played really well but we didn’t get enough balls in the right areas. We probably got a touch wide at the start of their partnership. We saw earlier that when Billy hit the stumps a lot more, we created chances. They played outstandingly well,” Paine said.
“Felt we were in trouble at the halfway mark. Our bowlers came out and committed really well to create chances in the first hour. Even today, Alex Carey and Short are two really good young players who played really well. Senior players let us down. There’s some real talent in this group. It’s been difficult but it sort of goes with the job. If I’m honest, I let the pressure get to me in this series. Clearly, when you’re not performing, things are not as fun at the international level,” he concluded.