Buttler ton hands England ODI series

England defeated Australia by 16 runs in the third one day worldwide at the Sydney Cricket Ground Sunday to clinch their five-game series with two games to spare and hand the world champions their first ODI series defeat at home since 2010.

JOS Buttler smashed a sensational ton but was at the centre of controversy as England wrapped up the one-day series with two matches still to play.

Wood conceded only two runs from the last two balls of his over and once Woakes had Stoinis caught by Alex Hales out on the midwicket, England could dream of their series victory.

Cameron White didn't last much longer for the Aussies as he fell for 17 off the bowling of Mark Wood.

"It was our best performance as a group to date in the past two years", captain Eoin Morgan said.

Aaron Finch made 62 in reply, while Mitch Marsh hit 55, but Australia could never get ahead of the required rate.

Steve Smith hit just one boundary against England at the SCG yesterday.

But there was doubt about whether mild-mannered Buttler had grounded the catch and it was only after a lengthy delay that Smith was sent on his way by TV umpire Kumar Dharmasena.

"It was a hammer blow to lose Plunkett, but Joe Root stepped-up to cover Liam's overs, and the guys at the end were awesome".

1984- The previous and only time before that Australia lost three consecutive bilateral series (2 or more matches). Largely through Buttler's pyrotechnics, a rampant England plundered 76 runs off the final six overs to underline their deep reservoir of batting.

It meant that Tim Paine and Stoinis had work to do to win the game for the hosts and they looked like they were going to see the Aussies home as Stoinis passed a half-century and looked in the mood to keep going.

After England had so brilliantly chased in the opening two games, Smith made a decision to bowl on a slow surface in a bid to rattle the confident tourists.

"We have a lot to play for and we have to start finding ways to win games of cricket". They ended on 286-6, with England winning by 16 runs. He hit three sixes in the final five overs.

Australia reinstalled their spinner Adam Zampa, and the leggie justified his selection with a stunning wrong-un that bamboozled England opener Jonny Bairstow and cleaned up his stumps.

Earlier England's batsmen struggled to get going having been put into bat by Smith.

Buttler, who smoked 28 runs from his last 11 balls, and Woakes's blistering partnership propelled England to 302-6 - a total that proved just enough for the tourists to claim a consolation series victory.

Friday's loss at the Gabba took Australia's record in their past 10 completed matches to just one win and nine losses, its worst since the inception of one-day cricket in 1971.

  • Joey Payne