Ashes: Jos Buttler rallies for England after Australia’s bowlers impress again

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From Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport at The Oval
Jos Buttler’s late hitting went some way towards rescuing England after a familiarly batting performance on the day of the final Ashes Test at The Oval against Australia.
Buttler crunched on three sixes in his 64 not out to take England into 271-8 with dependable tailender Jack Leach in an unbroken stand of 45.
The home side had earlier dropped five wickets for 56 runs to slide out of 170-3 into 226-8.
That position could have been worse for England had while an lbw decision overturned to 47 about how.
If they had been Australia captain Tim Paine’s decision to field first after winning the toss looked like backfiring.
4-35 gave the tourists the ascendancy by Mitchell Marsh, just to start his counter-attack that was magnificent.
After all, there was also not the impression which England are still short on what looks like a surface of par, but they’ve been kept in the match by Buttler.
Along with though that might require England to find a way to discount the Steve Smith, the pitch could dry out enough to get a chase to be catchy for Australia, then place a target.
With Australia having retained the Ashes, there have been times when this evening had an end-of-term feeling, and both sides showed signs of limping towards an extreme summer’s end.
The choice matched the shock of Paine choosing to field because of a green tinge to the pitch to omit Mitchell Starc in favour of pace bowler Peter Siddle. There were instances when both calls appeared like mistakes.
Catches went batting problems were perfect , Siddle was the lacklustre of the Australian bowlers and, like the sun shone in the afternoon.
But, their inability to occupy the crease, not throw wickets away, England’s temptation, meant they were not able to take benefit.
As Australia improved, they took the upper hand because of the gifts from a number of England’s batsmen along with a blend of the bowling of Marsh.
Subsequently came Buttler, who switched into one-day mode with some brutal striking. Even with each fielder on the boundary, he could not be contained by Australia , to the joy of a deflated Oval.
England had a true opportunity to punish Paine when Burns and Root were incorporating 76 either side of lunch.
Burns scored off his toes and through the covers. Root, after a tricky series, was ready himself to the foot.
He had been set down at long leg on 24 and by wicketkeeper Paine on 25off Cummins, then by next slide Smith off Siddle on 30.
When Burns shovelled a tug into mid-on at Josh Hazlewood they were parted, but it was the wicket of Root that began the slide.
The skipper has attracted excellent deliveries all series and this one that nipped away to take the off bail was just another wonder, albeit Root was in no position.
Buttler saw the majority of this collapse from the end, but eventually found a willing ally in Leach, who survived for an hour as England battled to save the Evaluation and supported Ben Stokes in Headingley.
Before he even upped the ante, Buttler had played drives are covered by a few sumptuous, yet they were overshadowed by handsome sixes away Hazlewood and a meaty blow on the leg-side rope away from the man.
There were times when he shielded Leach but 10 had confronted 31 deliveries such as fending off the 2nd new ball.
All-rounder Marsh came in for batsman Travis Head to perform with his first Test and encourage the Australia speed assault.
There were times when he outshone the rest of the bowlers by swinging the ball onto a full length.
He had after Root dropped, was the architect of the collapse of England, Stokes miscue a pull then.
The two Chris Woakes along with Jonny Bairstow played to become lbw either side of Sam Curran, who had survived being leg-before to a Cummins no-ball.
Into his 16th over, and Marsh pulled with cramp and had to depart the field, only as Buttler was starting to parade.
He returned managed yet another over, but by there, Buttler was in to his clean-hitting stride.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan:“England must have been on course for 400 to put a few scoreboard pressure on Steve Smith.
„A mix of a lack of program, bad thinking and some good bowling means England have collapsed again.
„Australia will be delighted with this place given they really had a bad day.“
England’s Jos Buttler, speaking to TMS:“It’s great to contribute just a small bit. The boys really well in the afternoon and we got ourselves into a position but couldn’t capitalise.
„Batting was hard work and not enjoyable this series, and so I wished to take the shackles off and play with a grin in my face.“
Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, talking to Sky Sports:“I was just like a child at Christmas this morning. It is sometimes a tour whenever you are not playing. I only wanted to try and find an opportunity at some stage and it was fine today, to make.
„The ball came out pretty well. I only wanted to come in today and have some wickets.“
Analysis and view by the cricket correspondent of the BBC.

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