Jos Buttler rescued England as they pulled off a one-wicket win from the most improbable of positions to complete their historic 5-0 series win over Australia.
England’s whitewash hopes appeared all washed-up at Old Trafford when they faltered to 114 for eight in pursuit of an under-par 205 all out in the one-day series finale.
But Buttler (110no) – who had already improvised a run-out and stumping in his wicketkeeping role – gave England the last laugh after all in Sunday’s tale of the unexpected.
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Records on hold
England were hoping for another 263 runs here to better their own world record for the most by any team in a five-match ODI series. Australia’s haphazard innings prevented that, but it was still all smiles at the end for the hosts.
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5-0 – This may have been mentioned before – but after England completed their whitewash in the most thrilling of finishes, the series scoreline bears repeating. For a more niche option, it was the first time Buttler had ever faced 100 balls or more in an ODI innings.
It’s never over …
Until Buttler is gone. England’s big-hitting wicketkeeper has already long been a crowd favourite, of course, all over the world. But after his heroics in front of a sell-out, sun-kissed Old Trafford, his stock has risen yet again. England had no chance – but he would not accept it, and had the skills to sort it out.