The fifth and final one-day game of the series saw England complete a whitewash over Australia at Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday. Australia’s batting crumbled and were bundled out for just 205 in 34.4 overs. In reply, England were in all sorts of trouble at 50 for 5 before Jos Buttler smashed unbeaten century to help the side win the game by 1 wicket.
In pursuit of 205, Billy Stanlake produced a probing spell upfront with new-ball to dismiss Jonny Bairstow in the fifth over of the innings. Jason Roy departed for 1 after being bowled by left-arm spinner Ashton Agar. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan also perished for low scores to see England tottering at 27 for 4 after 7.4 overs. Alex Hales did all the hard work in the initial overs. He scored 20 off 29 balls before Kane Richardson dismissed him to see England lose their fifth wicket inside 15 overs.
Jos Buttler looked composed at the crease and played his shots despite England in all sorts of trouble. He kept the scoreboard ticking and produced valuable partnerships with Alex Hales, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran to take the game till the end. Buttler took calculated risks in his innings and produced the slowest ton of his one-day career. England looked down and out at 114 for 8 but Adil Rashid proved to be an ideal foil for Buttler at the other end. The duo added 81 runs to bring England back into the contest after pacer Kane Richardson dismissed Sam Curran and Liam Plunkett in the 29th over of the innings.
There was a twist at the end when Rashid was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis with England needing another 11 runs to win the game. Jos Buttler kept his cool to finish things off with a four through the covers to see England win the game in the 48th over of the innings. Buttler remained unbeaten and scored 110 off 122 balls with the help of twelve fours.
Earlier, Australia got off to rollicking start courtesy of early onslaught launched by Aaron Finch and Travis Head. The visitors dominated the proceedings and scored 58 runs in the first six overs. Eoin Morgan brought Moeen Ali into the attack to change things around. The off-spinner dismissed Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis in his first over to see Australia lose two wickets in quick succession. Head once again produced a half-century and gave his wicket away at a critical stage of the game. He scored 56 runs off 42 balls with the help of nine fours. Liam Plunkett got rid of Head to see Australia lose their third wicket.
Shaun Marsh was stumped off the bowling of Moeen Ali to see Australia slide in further trouble. Captain Tim Paine was run-out to see Australia go from 60 for no loss to 100 for 5 in space of eight overs.
D’Arcy Short and Alex Carey came together and produced a fightback of sorts. The duo added 59 runs to help Australia cross the 150-run mark. Carey played well and scored 44 off 40 balls before edging to the keeper off the bowling of Sam Curran. Ashton Agar went for a duck. Short finished unbeaten with 47 off 52 balls but the rest of the batting order felt apart to see Australia get dismissed for 205 runs with 15 overs to spare.
For England, Moeen Ali was the standout bowler with four wickets. Jos Buttler was named player of the match for his splendid hundred in a low-scoring game.