Jos Buttler's century gives England edge to clinch ODI series

Australia vs England: Jos Buttler dishes out Ashes revenge on Cummins and Starc

A well-scampered two from the final delivery of the innings, however, saw Buttler reach three figures - after he successfully overturned an lbw dismissal on 97 with replays showing he had got some bat on Starc's delivery. In their last five overs England had made 66 after being 236 for 6.

Smith had earlier combined for a 69-run stand with opener Aaron Finch, who hit a 53-ball 62 to go with his two centuries to start the series.

Eoin Morgan's side have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, with the fourth ODI at Adelaide on Friday.

England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood. Cameron White, a hard-hitting veteran promoted up the order to counterattack, landed a few hefty blows but fell for an unconvincing 17 as Australia slumped to 44 for 2 in the ninth over.

Buttler enjoyed a slice of luck on 70 as Adam Zampa grassed a tough chance running in from long-on, a drop that preceded a 49th over which yielded 24 runs for England as Cummins received some punishment.

The wicketkeeper's half-century was the third slowest of his one-day global career but he accelerated magnificently at the death, supported by another impressive cameo from Chris Woakes, to take England to a total which, with 15 overs remaining, seemed totally out of reach.

Seldom can the Warwickshire all-rounder have timed the ball so sweetly as this current series and a sign of his touch came when he followed Buttler's flat six off Hazlewood's final delivery by slugging the next, from Cummins, into the stands at midwicket.

It was his fifth ODI hundred and, even at a mere 83 balls, comfortably his slowest, although it was plenty rapid enough for the suffering Aussies.

He was also called to explain television pictures which showed him rubbing his mouth and then the ball, with England's Barmy Army Twitter account suggesting he may have used lip balm to alter the condition of the Kookaburra.

The skipper was quick to make his way towards the dressing rooms having seen Buttler claim the catch, before halting when he realised the umpires were sending the decision upstairs.

Smith initially shaped to walk after Buttler scooped his right glove under the fading ball but the end of the 34th over was delayed as on-field official Chris Gaffaney provided a soft signal of "out" and asked third umpire Kumar Dharmasena to check whether it had carried.

Australia's catching was bad, as Smith and Zampa put down tough chances and White grassed an absolute sitter off Moeen Ali.

The Aussies had brought back big guns Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood to help out left-armer Mitchell Starc.

The English players have produced a remarkable turnaround to win the first three ODIs against the Steve Smith side after losing the Ashes 4-0.

Marcus Stoinis got rid of the Nottinghamshire batsman, caught at mid-on by Zampa from a totally miscued drive, as England dragged themselves to 47 for two from the opening powerplay. "It (Buttler) was a huge contribution in what was our best performance as a group to date, throughout the last two years", said Morgan.

Vaughan's comments come after Buttler smashed a dazzling century in the third ODI against Australia in Sydney.



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