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Buttler hundred guides England to 5-0 series sweep of Australia

MANCHESTER: Jos Buttler's superb 110 not out saw England to a dramatic one-wicket win over Australia in the fifth and final one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday. Victory saw England complete their first 5-0 series sweep of Australia in any format in more than 140 years of international men's matches between the arch-rivals. Set just 206 to win, England slumped to 50 for five and 114 for eight. They were still 11 runs shy of victory at 195 for nine when Adil Rashid (20), who had helped Buttler add 81, was…

Bess leads England advance against Pakistan in second Test

LEEDS: Nightwatchman Dominic Bess led a determined batting effort as England built a significant first-innings lead against Pakistan in the second Test at Headingley on Saturday. England were 302 for seven at stumps on a rain-marred second day after Bess had made 49 in a match the hosts had to win to end the series all square at 1-1. That left England 128 runs ahead after they had dismissed Pakistan for a meagre 174 on Friday. Jos Buttler, dropped on four, was 34 not out and debutant Sam Curran unbeaten on 16.…

Sri Lanka beat England in a thriller despite Butler ton

LONDON: Sri Lanka held their nerve after a brilliant century by Jos Buttler to beat England by seven runs in the fourth one-day international at Lord's on Saturday and level the series at 2-2. Kumar Sangakkara top-scored with 112 in a commanding Sri Lanka total of 300 for nine and England struggled in reply until the arrival of Buttler who smashed 121 off 74 balls. He fell in the final over bowled by Lasith Malinga and the series will be decided in the fifth and final game at Edgbaston on Tuesday. "That's the best I've…