Buttler hundred guides England to 5-0 series sweep of Australia

England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates reaching a century during the one-day international cricket match against Australia

Preview: England captain Eoin Morgan hopes his side can maintain their "new level of intensity" after moving to within sight of a first 5-0 one-day worldwide series whitewash of Australia.

England have only ever whitewashed Zimbabwe in a five-match series before but reinforced their standing as the world's No 1 team by thrashing Australia for the second time in one-day cricket this year.

Rashid was then out for 20, leaving Australia needing just one wicket and England 11 runs to win.

Billy Stanlake (3-35) produced a devastating early burst and England looked beaten on 114-8, but Buttler (110 not out) and Adil Rashid combined for an 81-run stand to set up a tense finale.

Paine says that despite their setback in England, he expects to see most of the squad returning next year for their defence of the World Cup.

Fast bowler Billy Stanlake's opening spell of three wickets for 18 runs had given Australia a shot of a first global win under coach Justin Langer, appointed after Darren Lehmann resigned in the fall-out from the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in March.

They were bowled out for 205 runs in just 34.4 overs.

Agar bowled Jason Roy - a centurion at Chester-le-Street on Thursday - when the opener missed a straight one attempted to hit him over the top and Jonny Bairstow chopped on before Stanlake snared Root - the Test skipper caught in the slips by Marsh.

England captain Eoin Morgan paid tribute to Buttler, saying: "We were very poor today and Jos really did pull something special out to get us over the line".


England were 66 for five off 16 overs when "lunch" was taken.

Moeen Ali bagged four for 46 with his off-breaks.

And England were 114 for eight in the 30th over when Kane Richardson struck twice in two balls to remove ODI debutant Sam Curran and Liam Plunkett.

Australia captain Tim Paine intends to bide his time over deciding on his own white-ball future after his side fell to a 5-0 whitewash against England.

Travis Head (56) was the only Australia batsman to pass fifty, with D'Arcy Short stranded on 47 not out.

Two balls later, Stoinis was out for nought when a mistimed sweep lobbed gently to Ball at short fine leg.

England's Eoin Morgan celebrates with the trophy and team mates after winning the series.

Surrey left-arm seamer Curran then followed Ali in taking two for none in three balls to leave Australia 159 for seven. Carey made 40-ball 44 with 5 fours and a six.

Two balls later Agar was out for a weird duck when bowled shouldering arms to a straight Curran delivery that smashed into his middle and off stumps.

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