Twitter Reactions: Jos Buttler pummels lackluster Australia to resounding clean sweep

Twitter Reactions: Jos Buttler pummels lackluster Australia to resounding clean sweep

Jos Buttler's brilliance robbed Australia off a victory.

Jos Buttler of England
Jos Buttler of England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

The last match between England and Australia at the Old Trafford in Manchester was nothing but a mere formality for both teams. However, Tim Paine and his troops would’ve dearly wished to end the series on a high with a victory. In the end, Australia’s run hit another low as they slumped to a defeat by one wicket and lost the series by a humiliating margin of 5-0.

Aussies stutter

After Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat first, Aaron Finch and Travis Head blazed away to a stand of 60 runs in double quick-time to put their team in the ascendancy. However, Moeen Ali nipped out a couple of wickets in the seventh over to pull the momentum back in favor of the Brits. Travis Head scored 56 runs but fell prey to Liam Plunkett in the 12th over.

Shaun Marsh and Tim Paine perished in no time and all of a sudden, the Aussies found themselves in a rabbit hole. Alex Carey and D’Arcy Short tried their hearts out to bail the Yellow Army out of the precarious position and put on 59 runs together. However, Carey was nipped out by debutant Sam Curran and thereafter, the Aussies huffed and puffed to 205 runs owing to Short’s gutsy 47 runs.

Buttler powers England

The start of the run-chase wasn’t a great one for England as Jason Roy was dismissed by Ashton Agar in the very first over. Johnny Bairstow, Joe Root, and skipper Eoin Morgan went in no time as Billy Stanlake wreaked havoc in the hosts’ batting lineup. Alex Hales couldn’t make any impact either. Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali tried to resurrect their innings, but Marcus Stoinis got rid of Moeen in the 24th over.

At the other end, Buttler accomplished a half-century in 74 balls to keep the Poms in the hunt for a victory, which seemed improbable in the 30th over with two wickets in hand. Buttler and Adil Rashid compiled 81 runs, but Rashid’s wicket in the 46th over got Australia back into contention. Nevertheless, Buttler completed his 11th ODI ton and helped the Brits to a stupendous victory.

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