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Best performances - Batsmen

JC Buttler
100(83) 6x4 - 4x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 24 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
2 8 9 11 17 11 19 23
AJ Finch
62(53) 3x4 - 3x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 18 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
2 0 13 3 8 2 2 32

Best performances - Bowlers

MA Wood
O10
M1
R46
W2
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AU Rashid
O10
M0
R51
W2
Eco5.10
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

England led the 5-match series 3-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.20 start, First Session 14.20-17.50 Interval 17.50-18.35, Second Session 18.35-22.05

Match days

21 January 2018 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

END OF OVER:
50 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 286/6 (17 runs required, RR: 5.72)

  • TD Paine31 (35b)
  • PJ Cummins1 (2b)
  • CR Woakes10-0-57-2
  • MA Wood10-1-46-2

10.30pm: That is a wrap, folks. Mel Farrell's report will tell the story of an all-round performance that clinched things for England; they're on a roll, though Australia can of course console themselves by gazing at the urn. How long until England propose making the Ashes points-based across all formats, I wonder? Anyway, thanks for your comments, as ever - we'll be back for for on Friday. From Nikhil and myself, cheerio for now!

10.15pm: Thanks Nikhil, that was coolly done at the death. Time for the presentations, England now 3-0 up of course. Australia's captain Steve Smith is first up: "Yeah, disappointing tonight, I thought the way we bowled in the first 45 overs was good, but Jos played exceptionally well, Woakesy too, but we bowled poorly at the end, can't do that to a guy like Jos. We were chasing prob 30 too many, batted well but not enough to get over the line. [Dismissal?] It got given out, so I had to get off the field, wasn't hitting it very well anyway, gave some other guys a chance and they almost got us home. [Stoinis?] He's a powerful guy, a real positive. Our one-day cricket hasn't been up to scratch, we've got to find ways to win against quality opposition. [Adelaide for Australia Day, then new stadium in Perth] Two great days, hopefully two great occasions - hopefully the crowds turn up and we can put on a show."

Jos Buttler is unsurprisingly Man of the Match: "Great win, probably the best we've had. Had to find a bowler, Root bowling Liam Plunkett's overs, guys kept putting in performances. We've championed this way of playing, even if you lose wickets. Chris and I tried to push on, we were looking at 270 but we had a couple of good overs. [Innings?] Against Cummins, Starc, etc it was very special."

England captain Eoin Morgan: "So proud of the guys today, Jos was probably the the difference between the sides. On a two-paced wicket, he paced it to perfection, played the anchor until about five or six overs out. We thought 300 was competitive, to have a hammer blow with one of the quicks going down hurt us a lot actually. This is one of the best wins from this group. With our bowling efforts, everybody was required to give a bit extra and everyone did. With the ball we were outstanding. [Rest of series?] Hopefully two more wins, we're going to play our strongest possible XI."

10.08pm This England ODI juggernaut continues to roll. They have got to be one of the best in the world currently. They have beaten a strong Australia team thrice in succession away from home. And three convincing wins. The series is done. The Tests and the ODIs one-sided, but dominated by different teams.

The game, on a tricky SCG pitch, was set up by the belligerence of Jos Buttler, who smashed another terrific hundred. The England bowling was disciplined and accurate, and they did what they had to in the end overs to prevent an in-form middle order from doing too much damage. An iffy moment with Steven Smith's dismissal, but England thorough and clinical again.

49.6
1
Woakes to Paine, 1 run, a slower ball on off, swatted to deep square leg and England win the ODI series. Wide smiles on England's faces, Buttler knows the quality and the significance of the innings he played!

The final ball, the required rate 108

49.5
1
Woakes to Cummins, 1 run, a short and wide delivery, slashed to deep point
49.4
0
Woakes to Cummins, no run, there it is, a wide yorker creeps under Cummins' bat. Buttler is pumped. What an innings he played

They can tie it with three sixes, I'm reminded. Cummins is. "We will rock you," blaring at the SCG.

49.3
W
Woakes to Stoinis, OUT, and taken at deep square leg. This game's gone. A short delivery on middle and leg, the slower bouncer, forcing a tiring Stoinis to generate his own pace. He is too tired, all he can do is pull the ball to deep square leg. Billings runs in and takes a good, low catch.

MP Stoinis c sub (Billings) b Woakes 56 (43b 3x4 2x6) SR: 130.23

49.2
2
Woakes to Stoinis, 2 runs, a nice full, wide yorker outside off, jammed out to long-on. Bad enough timing to come back for two
49.1
1
Woakes to Paine, 1 run, a slower ball on leg, heaved to long-on. They opt to stick with one. Stoinis wants the strike.

All down to this. 22 or 21 off 6, or this series is done. 22 to win. Woakes has the ball. England plundered 38 off the last two overs in their innings. Paine on strike. Pressure.

Worst ever

1

This is the first instance of Australia losing first 3 matches of an ODI series at home and 6th overall.

Buttler's blast

38

No. of sixes hit by Buttler in the last 5 overs in ODIs (46th to 50th) since 2013 - the most by any batsman. AB de Villiers is next with 37. Buttler strikes at 194.01 in last 5 overs in this period.

Root's hundredth

100

Number of ODIs for Root, including this match. He's the 21st player to appear in 100 or more ODIs for England and no one had as many runs as Root at that point.

Toss favour

7-1

Win-loss record of teams winning the toss at SCG in last 8 ODIs. Australia have won each of their last 5 ODIs when they won the toss at this venue.