The fifth and final one-day international match at Old Trafford on Sunday saw England gain a full victory over Australia ending the series at a final score of 5-0. Jos Buttler’s undefeated 110 saw the team to a one-wicket win over their opponents. This is England’s first ever whitewash win over Australia in the 140 years the teams have battled each other on the field internationally.
But it didn’t seem like England had this win in the bag until Buttler came in. They got off to a disastrous start with a target of 206 to chase and a score of 114 for 8. Buttler then came in and reduced the target to 11 runs shy of a victory. Adil Rashid (20) helped his partner to put 81 runs on the board and was dismissed just when the game was turning its luck.
Australia has not been having a good ride with ODIs recently as this adds on as their sixteenth defeat in their last 18 ODI matches. This includes nine defeats out of ten matches against England itself. Although this may be England’s first whitewash victory over the Land Down Under, Australia is no stranger to whitewash defeats as they faced one recently at the hands of South Africa. This may just be their wake-up call to up their game in the ODI series.
England, however, had a record-breaking win in their third match with a score of 481-6 at Trent Bridge, following that with a victory with five overs to spare in Durham on Thursday.
Buttler broke some personal records himself facing 100 balls for the first time in an ODI match. Openers Jason Roy (304) and Jonny Bairstow (300) were the leading run-scorers. Buttler made a total of 275 runs but was the bigger threat in the series being dismissed only twice. Spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took out a combined total of 24 wickets. They did not let slip many runs either with an average of 5.09 to 5.60 runs per over.
Australian Captain Tim Paine had a disappointing performance as he found himself run out for one in the final match, ending his series total at 36 – the lowest scored by an Australian captain in a five-day series.
“We should have chased that total down with ease, but it’s fantastic to win it. They’re so enjoyable when you win by a wicket. It’s a good habit to have, knowing how to win and finding a way to win when you probably shouldn’t. Adil Rashid played a fantastic hand, and so did Jake Ball. He soaked it up and handled it brilliantly.”, said Man of the Match, Jos Buttler.
“Today was mesmerizing. Jos was outstanding. Everyone in that changing room is very proud of him. We were very poor today and Jos really did pull something special out to get us over the line.”, said England captain Eoin Morgan.
“We’ve certainly been taught a lesson by a world-class outfit. We had them under pressure. Jos and Rashid played really well but we didn’t get enough balls in the right area. With a bat, ball and in the field during this series, we’ve folded a little bit.”, said Australian captain Tim Paine.
“Jos Buttler knew that it was down to him. You get a sense that he really enjoyed it – MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers are like that. You need to have a huge amount of inner belief and strength. Without him, this England team would be a very good one. With him, they’re outstanding.”, said former England captain Michael Vaughan.
Another international series down as Australia will attempt to rise back from the ashes and England celebrates a mark made in history.