Full-strength Aussies bowl first at SCG

Ruben Hill
January 21, 2018

Wicketkeeper - batsman Jos Butler on Sunday hit his fifth ton, here at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in the third and series decider One Day International (ODI), taking his team to 302-6.

Despite recently producing a prolific Ashes Test summer with the bat, the Aussie skipper is questioning his form against the white ball, especially as Australia's struggles with the 50-over format continue to fester.

Australia will welcome back Josh Hazlewood (illness), Pat Cummins (rested), and legspinner Adam Zampa (dropped) after they all missed Friday's loss to England at the Gabba. At the SCG, both Hazlewood and Cummins are expected to join Starc as they look to inflict some damage on the English batting, just like the recently concluded Test series. "Still three more ODIs to go and I'm planning to be available for all three". From the first two games Starc has a return of six wickets but admits that his transition from red ball to the white ball hasn't been as fast as he would have liked it.

"I don't think I've been playing one-day cricket as well as I could for the last few series". Try and control that middle order a little bit better.

"I've got to start nailing it down". "If Hazlewood and Cummins come back on Sunday it's important that we start well against the aggressive English line-up".

Needing two runs off the final delivery to register his first ODI hundred against Australia, Buttler managed to squeeze a well-pitched ball from Mitchell Starc into the legside field and scramble through to reach his hundred off just 83 balls, leaping into the air with excitement.

"I definitely think I've got a lot of room for improvement", Smith said.

England managed to peg Australia back by taking wickets at regular intervals in both matches, before chasing down the total easily.

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