Manchester - Jos
Buttler's superb 110 not out saw England to a dramatic one-wicket win
over Australia in the fifth and final one-day international at Old
Trafford on Sunday.
Victory saw England complete their first 5-0 series sweep of
Australia in any format in more than 140 years of international men's
matches between the arch-rivals.
Set just 206 to win, England slumped to 50 for five and 114 for eight.
They were still 11 runs shy of victory at 195 for nine when Adil
Rashid (20), who had helped Buttler add 81, was dismissed to leave
England 195 for nine.
But Buttler responded by hitting part-time seamer Marcus Stoinis for
six to complete a hundred off 117 balls - the first time the usually
rapid-scoring wicketkeeper-batsman had faced more than 100 balls at this
Last man Jake Ball held his nerve and Buttler won the match with nine balls to spare when he hit Stoinis for four.
It was a win celebrated by raucous cheers from 23 500 capacity
sun-drenched crowd, some of whom had previously enjoyed the goals the
England football team scored in a 6-1 World Cup rout of Panama.
Fast bowler Billy Stanlake's opening spell of three wickets for 18
runs had given Australia a shot of a first international win under coach
Justin Langer, appointed after Darren Lehmann resigned in the fall-out
from the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in March.
It took England just four balls to lose their first wicket when the
in-form Jason Roy, fresh from his 101 in the fourth ODI at
Chester-le-Street on Thursday, was bowled attempting a big hit off
left-arm spinner Ashton Agar.
Stanlake then bowled Jonny Bairstow (12) and had Test skipper Joe Root (one) well caught at slip by Shaun Marsh.
When Stanlake bowled England captain Eoin Morgan for a duck, the hosts were 27 for four.
England were 66 for five off 16 overs when 'lunch' was taken.
Buttler (27 not out) and Moeen Ali (three not out) were then at the crease, but Ali (16) fell to Stoinis soon afterwards.
And England were 114 for eight in the 30th over when Kane Richardson
struck twice in two balls to remove ODI debutant Sam Curran and Liam
Rashid survived the hat-trick, however, and then helped take Buttler
to the brink of victory before he was well caught by Stanlake, at fine
leg, off Stoinis.
Earlier, off-spinner Ali took an ODI best four for 46 as England, the
number one-ranked side in this format, dismissed world champions
Australia, who won the toss, for 205 inside 35 overs.
Travis Head (56) was the only Australia batsman to pass fifty, with D'Arcy Short stranded on 47 not out.
Together with opening partner Aaron Finch, he put on 60 inside seven overs.
It was then that Ali took two wickets for no runs in three balls as spin again proved to be Australia's Achilles heel.
With his third ball of the match, Ali had Finch (22) under-edging a pull onto his stumps.
Two balls later, Stoinis was out for nought when a mistimed sweep lobbed gently to Ball at short fine leg.
Head compiled a 36-ball fifty, including eight fours but again fell
soon afterwards when he chipped fast bowler Liam Plunkett to Morgan at
And 90 for three became 97 for four when Marsh, who had made two
hundreds this series, exited for eight, stumped by Buttler off Ali.
Wicket-keeper Buttler was involved again as Australia slumped to 100
for five when, reacting quickly to Australia captain Tim Paine's nudge,
he threw down the stumps at the bowler's end to run out his opposing
gloveman for one.
Surrey left-arm seamer Curran then followed Ali in taking two for none in three balls to leave Australia 159 for seven.
Alex Carey had made 44 when he was caught behind trying to steer the ball to third man.
Two balls later Agar was out for a bizarre duck when bowled
shouldering arms to a straight Curran delivery that smashed into his
middle and off stumps.