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.
by Ankit Editor
Published - Jan 21, 2018 1:27 pm | Updated - Jan 21, 2018 1:33 pm
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.
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:
23rd Jan,2016 Manish Pandey's match winning 104* Vs Australia.
22nd Jan, 2017 David Warner 130 Vs Pakistan.
21st Jan Jos Buttler 100* Vs Australia.
— Varun Narasimhan (@varun_naras95) January 21, 2018
What an onslaught from Buttler at the end and how good woakes has been in the crucial partnership. #AUSvENG
— shashi (@shashi427) January 21, 2018
— Dave Ellis (@fullback03) January 21, 2018
— Ian J Brown (@ijb19662) January 21, 2018
That was Jos Butlers slowest odi hundred. 83 balls. Incredible. Imagine that's the same number of balls as Michael Vaughn's quickest odi 50. #AusvEng
— satt melf (@unltddreamco) January 21, 2018
— Akhil Nair (@akhiln) January 21, 2018
Brilliant century to Butler. 113 run partnership from Jos and Woakes helping England past 300. Big partnerships have been the difference between @ECB_cricket & @CricketAus #AUSvENG this series. Bring on the run chase!
— Marc Summers (@MarcSummersFOX) January 21, 2018
like the agressive approach of buttler in last 7 overs…what a player and what an innings #AUSvENG
— Shahzad Ahmed (@shahzadtahir079) January 21, 2018
— Hariharan Durairaj (@hari_durairaj) January 21, 2018
Buttler Buttler Buttler…?
Jeez this New England!?#Ausveng
— Prashant (@itzforesg) January 21, 2018
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) January 21, 2018
This buttler guy is some serious talent. #AUSvENG
— Adi ツ (@Aditya_Kat0ch) January 21, 2018
Mumbai Indians management after Jos Buttler’s innings. #AUSvENG
☝️ RTM to go. pic.twitter.com/A5RwHizRKZ
— Akhil Nair (@akhiln) January 21, 2018
Jos Buttler is as skillful as he is brutal, with the bat#AUSvENG
— Ajith (@vakilatlarge) January 21, 2018
— Abu Hamdan (@athamdanh26) January 21, 2018