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Buttler ton guides England to series sweep over Australia

June 24, 2018 23:12 IST

England's Jos Buttler celebrates after hitting the winning runs in the fifth Royal London One-Day International against Australia at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester on Sunday

IMAGE: England's Jos Buttler celebrates after hitting the winning runs in the fifth Royal London One-Day International against Australia at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester on Sunday. Photograph: Philip Brown/Getty Images

Lancashire boy Jos Buttler hit an unbeaten century on his home ground to take England to a thrilling one-wicket win over Australia in the fifth one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday.

 

England, set a mere 206 to win, slumped to 50 for five and then 114 for eight.

They were still 11 runs shy of victory at 195 for nine when Adil Rashid (20) was out after sharing a stand of 81 with Buttler.

But Buttler's 110 not out saw them win with nine balls to spare while last man Jake Ball held firm at the other end.

Earlier, Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat. But the decision proved a wrong one as the  Aussies were dismissed for 205 in 34.4 overs.

Off-spinner Moeen Ali picked a ODI best four for 46.

Travis Head (56) was the only batsman in the innings to pass fifty, with D'Arcy Short left stranded on 47 not out.

This was England’s first 5-0 series sweep of Australia, in more than 140 years of men's international cricket between the arch-rivals.

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