The third and final ODI between Australia and England was played on Tuesday (22 November) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and invited Australia to bat first. But the decision to bowl first did not pay off that well as the Australian opening pair of David Warner and Travis Head looked immovable. The two batters not only scored centuries but put on a mammoth 269 runs for the first wicket.
Olly Stone finally drew the first blood as he got Warner caught at the hands of David Willey. He then cleaned Travis Head up to open the door for England bowlers. Meanwhile, Steve Smith tried to set up the innings for a big finish. But the former Australia captain did not look comfortable enough at the crease. Smith’s misery was also ended by Olly Stone who got the batter caught behind.
But it was not a normal dismissal with Jos Buttler and the on-field umpire making things interesting. As Smith shuffled across his crease anticipating a yorker, Stone surprised the batter with a slower bouncer. The batter then went for a desperate shot but ended up playing it into the hands of Buttler. However, with a feather touch on the gloves, the umpire kept his hands down.
Meanwhile, Jos Buttler was convinced that it was out and started celebrating instead of making an appeal. But seeing the umpire with his hands down, the England captain thought about going for a DRS referral. However, just when Buttler was about to make the ‘T sign’, the umpire raised his fingers and nodded his head agreeing with Buttler.
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