Leaving a horror Ashes series behind, England has won the One-Day International series against Australia after winning the third ODI in Sydney by 16 runs. England has already won the first two matches in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively.
Australia looked most balanced and tight team for the first time in this series as their famous troika featuring Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins played together apart from an experienced batting line-up. They won the toss and inserted England to bat first.
Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow gave another solid start but former couldn’t replicate his heroics of MCG. With this wicket, Australia started to dominate the proceedings and took two more wickets in no time. Joe Root failed in this game and England’s top-order crumbled badly.
It was Captain Eoin Morgan and Joss Buttler, who steadied the ship for their side but Morgan, like most of the others, threw his start away. England, for the first time in this series, was looking behind Australia but there was still a twist in the tale. Chris Woakes paired-up with Buttler to share a sparkling unbeaten 113-run stand in last 12 overs. The final scorecard was reading 302/6 with Buttler got to his fifth ODI ton and Waokes to 53 not out.
Australia got off to another shaky start, curtsy yet another David Warner failure with the bat in colored clothes. Aaron Finch backed his back-to-back ODI hundreds with a quick half-century but he failed to make history at SCG. Steve Smith was batting positively only until Buttler battered him with his magical glove skills. Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis tried hard to up the ante but their efforts fell short to chase down this target.
This was Australia’s first home ODI series lose after seven years. They have been very sloppy when it comes to the 50-over format since 2017. Their only win in the last 11 ODIs came against India in Bengaluru. They will be eyeing to escape from a shame of being whitewashed in their home yard.