Jos Buttler hits century as England wrap up ODI series win

Jos Buttler celebrating taking the catch of Australian captian Steve Smith

Lancashire wicket-keeper Jos Buttler hit an unbeaten century as England beat Australia at the SCG by 16 runs and claimed an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match series.

Buttler’s century was confirmed off the last ball, just two ball after all-rounder Chris Woakes sealed his half-century. The pair shared a 113 run seventh wicket partnership, with Woakes entering the game with England in a precarious position at 189-6.

England captain Eoin Morgan hailed the victory as his best as captain, a role he has held since 2015, saying the match was “awesome.”

The feat was made even more impressive as fast bowler Liam Plunkett went down injured, pulling a hamstring just eight balls into his spell, leaving test captain Joe Root to bowl the rest of Plunkett’s overs with his part-time off-spin.

Victory in the One-Day series all but eliminates the 4-0 defeat the Three Lions suffered in the Ashes, leading England fans group The Barmy Army to sing from the stands “we’re gonna win 5-4.”

Australian skipper Steve Smith was a dejected figure after the game. Smith was given out on review after a controversial catch from Man of the Match Buttler, and left the pitch too a chorus of boo’s from the 35,000 SCG crowd.

To add salt into the wounds for Australia, Smith has been accused of ball tampering after footage emerged of him appearing to show him rubbing lip-balm on the ball.

As for Buttler, the century of his century could not at better time. The player auction for the Indian Premier League is on Saturday and could lead to a Ben Stokes style contract meaning a huge pay-day for the Lancastrian.