Schedule : Australia tour of England, 2018. Old Trafford, 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.
Total Score :
AUS 205 (34.4 Ovs)
ENG 208/9 (48.3 Ovs)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Morgan, England captain: Massive positives to take from today. The fact that we bat all the way down the order means that only one of us has to come off while chasing a low total. Today was quite mesmerising, Buttler playing at the top of his game. At times we do (take him from granted). He’s forced his way back into the Test team which is very exciting. We’d be naive to think that we shouldn’t ask questions of ourselves. The fact that we won was a bonus. We have to be open and honest though. First time we failed as a group with the bat in this series. Up until today, we’ve progressed nicely. Bowling has come a long way. The way we fought back today was awesome. Great atmosphere at the end. They’ve been absolutely brilliant, no doubt they were our 12th man today.
Paine, Australia captain: We’ve certainly been taught a lesson from a world-class outfit. We had them under pressure; Rashid and Jos played really well but we didn’t get enough balls in the right areas. We probably got a touch wide at the start of their partnership. We saw earlier that when Billy hit the stumps a lot more, we created chances. They played outstandingly well. Felt we were in trouble at the halfway mark. Our bowlers came out and committed really well to create chances in the first hour. Even today, Alex Carey and Short are two really good young players who played really well. Senior players let us down. There’s some real talent in this group. It’s been difficult but it sort of goes with the job. If I’m honest, I let the pressure get to me in this series. Clearly when you’re not performing, things are not as fun at the international level.
Buttler, MoM and MoS: We were determined to win 5-0. We bowled fantastically well. Didn’t quite click with the bat. But games like that, to win them is even more enjoyable. Just needed a partnership. One of our great strengths is the depth in the batting. Adil Rashid at ten is handy. I did say (to Ball) “if it’s two we’ll run, if it’s one we won’t” and then charged out, so that wasn’t ideal. Great guts from Ball too to soak up that pressure. I don’t think I’ve played better. It’s enjoyable.
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