By George Marrable
- England beat Australia by 16 runs in the 3rd ODI
- Victory for England gives them an unassailable 3-0 lead and series victory
- Jos Buttler led England to victory with an unbeaten 100*
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – An unbeaten 113 run partnership between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes secured England the game and series victory against Australia.
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David Warner – 2/10 – Warner failed to make an impact in the match as he made just eightruns at the top of the innings.
Aaron Finch – 8/10 – The top scorer for the Australians in the game, Finch continued his good form in the series as he provided stability at the top of the order.
Cameron White – 3/10 – Recalled to the side after a strong performance in the Big Bash, White looked uncomfortable in his number three position, making 17 runs.
Steve Smith – 5/10 – Smith was the focus of controversy in the game as he was given out to a contentious caught behind decision. Until then, the Australian captain was looking uncharacteristically out of touch, going 62 balls without a boundary before being dismissed.
Mitchell Marsh – 6/10 – Once again Marsh proved his worth in the Australian side as he continued his good form. Marsh made 55 to give Australia a fighting chance in the match, and contributed three tight overs with the ball in hand.
Marcus Stoinis – 7/10 – If it wasn’t for Stoinis, Australia would have lost by a much larger deficit. Eventually falling to Woakes in the final over of the game, Stoinis batted aggressively for his 56 from just 43 balls.
Tim Paine – 4/10 – Supporting Stoinis in the latter overs, Paine made 31* from 35 balls, as well as taking a catch to dismiss Eoin Morgan.
Pat Cummins – 3/10 – Cummins finished as the most expensive Australian bowler in the match, finishing with figures of 1-67. His frustration showed as Buttler took him apart no matter where he bowled.
Mitchell Starc – 2/10 – Wicketless in the match, Starc could not trouble the England batsmen.
Josh Hazlewood – 5/10 – Hazlewood tested the England batsmen more than most in the game, and picked up the key wicket of Joe Root.
Adam Zampa – 5/10 – Zampa probed with the ball and bowled an excellent googly to bowl Bairstow through the gap between his bat and pad.
Jason Roy – 3/10 – Roy couldn’t reproduce his first match fireworks as he made 19 from 24 deliveries.
Jonny Bairstow – 5/10 – Bairstow batted slowly and measured for his 39, trying to consolidate as England lost two wickets inside the first ten overs.
Alex Hales – 1/10 – A game to forget for Hales as he made just 1.
Joe Root – 4/10 – Root got himself off to a good start as he rotated the strike, but could not push on as he chopped a Hazlewood delivery onto his stumps.
Eoin Morgan – 6/10 – In need of a decent score, England’s captain stepped up with a score of 41 before becoming Hazlewood’s second victim of the match.
Jos Buttler – 10/10 – A game changing innings from the destructive Buttler as he scored 100 from 83 balls. Buttler led England home as he dismantled the Australian bowlers with six 4’s and four 6’s.
Moeen Ali – 2/10 – Another disappointing game with bat and ball for Ali, finishing wicketless and making just 6 runs.
Chris Woakes – 9/10 – Woakes stepped up into the all-rounder role with a brilliant performance with bat and ball. An unbeaten 53* not out in partnership with Buttler helped see England home, and 2-57 with the ball made for an excellent game for the Warwickshire player.
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Rashid capitalised on Australia’s struggles against spin the series, picking up the two big wickets of Finch and Marsh.
Liam Plunkett – 1/10 – Plunkett could only bowl eight balls in the match before being forced off with an injury.
Mark Wood – 7/10 – Once again bowling with quickly and aggressively, Wood finished with very impressive figures of 1-46 from his spell.
England take on Australia in the 4th ODI in Adelaide on Friday 26th January.
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