But­tler elated af­ter see­ing off Aus­tralia in

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JOS But­tler ad­mit­ted to feel­ing a lit­tle nervy be­fore he ad­min­is­tered the fi­nal blow to com­plete Eng­land’s im­prob­a­ble one-wicket win and his­toric 5-0 white­wash of Aus­tralia.

With­out But­tler, on his cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan’s ac­knowl­edge­ment, Eng­land would have had no chance at 114 for eight in pur­suit of Aus­tralia’s un­der-par 205 all out in the one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries fi­nale at Old Traf­ford.

But the wick­et­keeper­bats­man sim­ply would not be de­nied as first he and Adil Rashid got Eng­land within range in a ninth-wicket stand of 81 – and then he struck a straight six off Mar­cus Stoi­nis and the cover­driven four which clinched the deal off the same bowler.

There were some stress­ful mo­ments, of course, as But­tler (110no) and num­ber 11 Jake Ball took one un­ex­pected sin­gle and de­clined oth­ers. But­tler got it un­ques­tion­ably right when it mat­tered most, though, to edge a thrilling con­test.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a great feel­ing, hit­ting the win­ning runs... it’s pure ela­tion, isn’t it?” he said.

“You know it’s one shot, but that’s prob­a­bly when you be­come most flus­tered, when it’s in touch­ing dis­tance.

“You’ll prob­a­bly never match that... one (wicket left) and pluck­ing it from nowhere when we didn’t re­ally have the right to win the game.

“Win­ning games when you didn’t de­serve to, they’re al­most the more en­joy­able ones.”

Eng­land put them­selves on course for this first white­wash over Aus­tralia in any for­mat, dat­ing back through al­most 140 years of Ashes ri­valry, when Moeen Ali’s ca­reer-best four for 46 helped to bowl the tourists out in just 34.4 overs.

But by the time they lurched to 50 for five in

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