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Twitter Reactions: Jos Buttler scores an 82-ball ton, the slowest of his ODI career

On the last ball of the innings, he churned out a couple against Mitchell Starc to take his team total to 302 and bring up his 5th ODI hundred as well.

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Jos Buttler of England celebrates scoring a century. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

England have turned things around. Since their revival in the limited-overs format, this team hasn’t let conditions, opponents or momentum bog them down. They were coming into the ODI series after being thrashed 4-0 in the Ashes but their morale was as high as it has ever been. Eoin Morgan’s men entered the 3rd ODI with an opportunity to seal the series and the way Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes batted late in the innings the game looks pretty much in their favour.

The Australian attack hurt them early and plenty. After a decent start, Pat Cummins struck first to send back Jason Roy the centurion from the first match, leg-spinner Adam Zampa soon cut short his partner Jonny Bairstow’s stay at the middle and bowled him for 39. After Alex Hales was out cheap and Joe Root four overs later, the visitors were in trouble 107/4 in the 23rd over.

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Skipper Eoin Morgan and Buttler then initiated the rebuilding phase of the innings. They added 65 runs together and ensured England didn’t lose a wicket in the middle overs. Just when they’d have planned to switch gears, Morgan was dismissed by the consistent Hazlewood for 41 and the onus was now on Buttler to get them to a commanding total.

He found a fabulous partner in Chris Woakes who continued to display fine form with the bat and pushed the pressure back onto the Aussies hitting fluent shots to and over the ropes. With five boundaries and a couple of sixes he got to his half century in 35 delivers and was unbeaten on 53 from 36 in the end.

Buttler let Woakes hold control at the crease since he dominated and wasn’t bothered about his hundred. He was on 98 on the last ball of the innings and churned out a couple against Mitchell Starc to take his team total to 302 and bring up his 5th ODI hundred as well. He took 83 balls to get there which is by far the slowest of his career.

Earlier, Australia made as many as four changes in their line-up to ensure the Brits weren’t getting away with anything. Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa and Tim Paine were brought back in the XI for the crucial game. England, on the other hand, went unchanged. It will be interesting to see if the Aussies can chase it down or they concede the series at the SCG.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Buttler’s ton:

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