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

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From Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport in The Oval
The late hitting of jos Buttler went some way towards rescuing England after a performance on the opening day of the final Ashes Test at The Oval against Australia.
Buttler crunched on three sixes in his own 64 not out to take England to 271-8 with tailender Jack Leach that was reliable in an unbroken stand of 45.
The home side had previously dropped five wickets for 56 runs to slide from 170-3 into 226-8.
That position might have been worse to England had Joe Root, who made 57, maybe not been dropped three days, while an lbw decision overturned about the way to 47.
Australia captain Tim Paine’s decision to field first after winning the toss looked like backfiring If they were together.
The tourists were given the ascendancy from 4-35 for Buttler, only from Mitchell Marsh to establish his sensational counter-attack.
By the end, there was not the impression that England are short on what seems to be a surface of level, however they’ve been kept from the match by Buttler.
And though that might require England to find a way to discount the Steve Smith, the pitch could dry out enough to get a fourth-innings pursuit to be tricky for Australia, then post a challenging target.
With Australia having retained the Ashes, there have been times when this day had an atmosphere, and the two sides showed signs of limping towards the conclusion of an intense summer.
The shock has been matched by the choice to omit Mitchell Starc in favour of pace bowler Peter Siddle. There were instances when both calls looked like mistakes.
Catches went batting conditions were perfect, , Siddle was the very lacklustre of the Australian bowlers and, since the sun shone in the afternoon.
However, England’s deficiencies, their inability to occupy the crease and not throw wickets away, supposed they weren’t able to take complete benefit.
And as Australia enhanced, they took the upper hand because of a mix of the bowling of Marsh along with the presents from a variety of England’s batsmen.
Came Buttler, who changed with some brutal striking into mode. Even with every fielder on the boundary, Australia could not contain himto the joy of a previously deflated Oval.
England had a real opportunity to punish Paine if Burns and Root were adding 76 to the second wicket both sides of lunch.
Burns scored off his feet and through the covers. Root, following a tough string, was prepared himself to foot.
He was put down off Siddle on 30.
When Burns reluctantly shovelled a tug into mid-on at Josh Hazlewood they were , however it was the wicket of Root which started the slide.
The skipper has drawn wonderful deliveries all series and this one that nipped away to choose the bond from Pat Cummins was another wonder, albeit Root was in no place.
Buttler saw the majority of this collapse but found a ready ally as England battled to save the Test in Leach, that affirmed Ben Stokes at Headingley and survived for an hour.
Even before he upped the ante, Buttler had played some sumptuous cover pushes, yet they had been overshadowed by successive handsome straight sixes away Hazlewood plus a meaty blow over the rope that was leg-side away from precisely the same man.
There were times when he protected Leach from the attack, such as fending off the 2nd new ball, but at the end the amount 10 had confronted 31 deliveries for his 10 not out.
Encourage the Australia pace attack and all-rounder Marsh came in for batsman Travis Head to perform with his first Test.
There were instances when he outshone the remaining bowlers by swinging the ball on a length.
He had after Root fell, was that the architect of England’s collapse, Stokes miscue a pull to the palms of stage afterward.
The two Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes played to become lbw either side of Sam Curran, who had survived being leg-before to a Cummins no-ball.
Into his own 16th over, and just as Buttler was beginning to tick, Marsh pulled up with cramp and had to depart the field.
He returned and managed one more over, but at that point, Buttler was to his stride.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan:“England must have been on course for 400 to put a few scoreboard pressure on Steve Smith.
„A combination of a lack of application, bad thinking and some good bowling methods England have collapsed again.
„Australia is going to be delighted with this place given they really had a bad moment.“
England’s Jos Buttler, talking to TMS:“It’s great to contribute a small bit. The boys batted well in the afternoon and we put ourselves into a position but could not capitalise.
„Batting has been hard work rather than enjoyable this series, and so I wanted to take the shackles off and play with a smile on my face“
Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, talking to Sky Sports:“I was just like a child at Christmas this afternoon. It can be a very long tour when you are not playing. I wanted to attempt to find an opportunity at some stage and it was nice to produce.
„The ball came out pretty well. I only wanted to come in today and have some wickets.“
Analysis and comment by the BBC’s cricket correspondent.

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