Buttler 110 as England beat Australia to sweep series 5-0

Buttler 110 as England beat Australia to sweep series 5-0

England did beat Australia 4-0 in ODIs only six years ago, an Edgbaston washout interrupting them, and have whitewash wins to their credit in shorter series. And they were pretty close until Jos Buttler played yet another gem of a knock to pull of a heist.

And when Alex Hales was caught by Tim Paine off Kane Richardson (3-51) for 20, England were 5-66.

Asked how much faith he had in Ball when he walked out, Buttler added with a smile: "It probably looked like more than I thought I had!"

"We've had the meetings - we've had really good open and honest discussions with each other, staff, players, everyone". Unfortunately for Maxwell, an injury ruled him out of the final two games just when he was looking like getting back to his very best. But apart from that I felt like our bowlers were outstanding today and certainly not to blame for the loss.

"And while it has been a bitterly disappointing series, I suppose [there is] a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel".

In the must-win clash, Australia's batsmen came up with their worst performance. "Those experiences are going to be really good for D'Arcy Short or Travis Head to see him and Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy at their best". As a result, Australia were all out for 205 in the 35th over.

It was a unusual series for the 31-year-old who was made to bat at the No5 position for the first three ODIs.

Marcus Stoinis dismissed Moeen Ali for 16 before Richardson dispatched debutant Sam Curran (15) and Liam Plunkett (0) in successive balls to leave them 8-114.

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Moeen Ali (four for 46) and then one-day worldwide debutant Sam Curran - both with two wickets in three balls - stopped Australia in their tracks after they twice hinted at a more substantial total, having won the toss in glorious conditions and on a very good batting surface.

"We haven't been able to put a full game together at any stage and I think it has shown throughout the whole series", Paine said. "It's one of those series, started off poorly and just couldn't get it back on track".

"I thought we were in trouble to be honest at the half-way mark".

The 33-year old was bullish about Australia's World Cup chances next year.

As well as their suspended skipper and vice-captain, Australia were also without injured fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood for the series, with the trio expected to thrive in English conditions next year. "We've got a number of players who weren't in this squad who have played in and won World Cups".

"Its been hard, you play cricket to do well and this series I haven't done that", Paine, whose highest score in the series was 15, added.

"I've heard a few times that this team doesn't have a plan, or it doesn't know where it's going, but we have a clear direction".

Former captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner, two of the world's leading batsmen, were both given year-long bans for their roles in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in March that saw Test opener Cameron Bancroft receive a nine-month suspension for applying sandpaper to the ball.

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