Buttler elated after seeing off Australia in
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