Jos Buttler masterclass leaves England on course for series-clinching victory
Jan 23 2018 by Dustin Murphy
David Warner - 2/10 - Warner failed to make an impact in the match as he made just eightruns at the top of the innings.
Aaron Finch , coming off back-to-back 100s, was trapped lbw by Adil Rashid to end a threatening partnership with skipper Steve Smith, who was later caught behind in controversial fashion for 45 amid suggestions that the ball had hit the ground.
However, Smith wasn't sure if the ball carried and neither were the umpires, who referred the decision to the third umpire with a soft signal of out.
But Australia could manage just 11 boundaries after Finch's dismissal in the 21st over, as the game drifted away from Smith's men. Eventually Ali played on a Mitchell Marsh delivery for just six runs as his miserable form with the bat continued. Australia also sent down 13 wides and a no ball.
Marcus Stoinis jangled the tourists' nerves with a powerful 56 but he perished in the final over.
Mitchell Starc - 2/10 - Wicketless in the match, Starc could not trouble the England batsmen.
Root's day had started with rugby league star Sam Burgess presenting his 100th ODI cap, a more memorable moment than any in his knock of 27.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa's omission in favour of batsman Cameron White raised eyebrows, particularly when England's spinners contributed to slowing Australia's bright start.
Alex Hales - 1/10 - A game to forget for Hales as he made just 1. Moeen had been dropped in a strikingly similar fashion by Hazlewood at the SCG during the fifth Ashes Test but, as in that match and throughout a disappointing tour, he was unable to capitalise and was out dragging a Marsh delivery on to his stumps soon after.
England captain Eoin Morgan had the last word, saying: "I am so proud of everybody in the team".
Buttler said: "I was pretty sure it was out". Woakes joined Buttler at the crease in the 39th over after England had struggled to 6 for 189 and from there virtually doubled the run rate.
"I don't know what it is, but not many balls were hitting the middle of my bat which was disappointing ..." Largely through Buttler's pyrotechnics, a rampant England plundered 76 runs off the final six overs to underline their deep reservoir of batting.
Chris Woakes and Mark Wood were exceptional too, particularly at the end when Australia were desperate for boundaries.
Liam Plunkett - 1/10 - Plunkett could only bowl eight balls in the match before being forced off with an injury. Stoinis kept the home side in it, but some well-executed death bowling from Rashid, Wood and Woakes ensured Buttler's heroics were not in vain.