England have sealed the series 3-0 © Getty Images
England have sealed the series 3-0 © Getty Images

England maintained their winning streak in the five-match One Day International series against Australia. The trio of Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid were instrumental for taking their side to a 3-0 series win, defeating Australia in the Sydney ODI by 16 runs. The target of 303 proved too much for the hosts’ despite inspired batting efforts of Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis.

This was also the first time ever that Australia lost first 3 matches of an ODI series at home.

Finch, once again, kept Australia in the hunt. After scoring two back-to-back hundreds at Melbourne and The Gabba, Finch batted with absolute brutality. David Warner (8) and Cameron White (17) departed quite early, adding nothing substantial to the scoreboard. It was then that former T20 skipper and current captain of the side, who stood up for home side. Finch along with Steven Smith added 63 runs for the third wicket.

Smith was looking good to take the match to England, but was controversially given out off Mark Wood; his second wicket after White.

Finch recorded his 17th ODI half-century, to fall soon for 62, trapped leg-before to Adil Rashid.

It was then that Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh, who kept Australia in the hunt.  Marsh was calculative in his approach, with Stoinis acting as the aggressor.

Marsh fell to Rashid for 55, with Australia still needing 93 to stay alive in the series. Stoinis kept on attacking the England bowling unit, with some help from Tim Paine. Paine could be criticised for not keeping up with the run-rate, scoring a 35-ball 31, that included just one four.

With 22 needed off 6, Stoinis went for big heave over deep square leg but perished. He fell for a 43-ball 56, to Woakes.

In the end, Australia managed 284  for 6 in their 50 overs, with Paine and Pat Cummins still in the middle.

Earlier in the day, England were helped by Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes to reach a mammoth total of 303. Buttler secured his fifth ODI hundred in merely 83 balls inclusive of 6 fours and 4 sixes. Despite the blitz, this was his slowest hundred in ODIs and that tells us about his impact. He was ably supported by Woakes, who scored a 36-ball 53.

Skipper Eoin Morgan (41) and Jonny Bairstow (39) played a steady hand in the middle innings. Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers for Australia claiming 2 wickets, while Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa and Marsh picked one each.

Brief Score:

England 302 for 6 (Jos Buttler 100*, Chris Woakes 53; Josh Hazlewood 2 for 58) beat Australia 286 for 6 (Aaron Finch 62, Marcus Stoinis 58; Mark Wood 2 for 46) by 16 runs.

Man of the Match: Jos Buttler