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 following a performance on the day of the final ashes test at the oval against australia.
buttler crunched on three sixes in his own 64 out not to take england to 271-8 with tailender jack leach that was dependable in an unbroken stand of 45.
the home side had dropped five wickets to slip from 170-3 into 226-8.
that position might have been worse for england had while an lbw decision overturned on the way.
australia captain tim paine’s decision to field first after winning the toss looked like backfiring, when they had been together.
4-35 gave the tourists the ascendancy by mitchell marsh, only to launch his magnificent counter-attack.
by the end, there was not the sense that england are short of level on what looks like a genuine batting surface, but they have been kept in the game by buttler.
and however that would require england to find a way to dismiss the elusive steve smith the pitch could dry out enough to get a fourth-innings pursuit to be catchy for australia, then post a hard target.
there were times when this evening had an atmosphere, and the two sides showed signs of limping towards the conclusion of an intense summer.
paine choosing to subject because of a green tinge to the pitch’s surprise has been matched by the decision to omit mitchell starc in favour of fellow pace bowler peter siddle. there were times when the two calls looked like errors.
catches went batting conditions were perfect , siddle was the lacklustre of the australian bowlers and, as the sun shone in the afternoon.
but, england’s deficiencies, their inability to occupy the crease, not throw wickets away, supposed they could not take advantage.
and as australia enhanced, they accepted the upper hand thanks to a combo of the bowling of marsh along with the presents from a number of england’s batsmen.
came buttler, who changed into one-day mode with some striking. even to the delight of a previously deflated oval, australia could not contain him with each fielder on the border.
england had a true chance to punish paine if burns and root were incorporating 76 to the second wicket both sides of lunch.
burns scored off his toes and throughout the covers. root, following a string that was tricky, was prepared himself on to the front foot.
he was put down off siddle on 30 at long leg on 24 and by wicketkeeper paine on 25 , both off cummins, then by next slip smith.
they were parted when burns needlessly shovelled a pull into mid-on at josh hazlewood, however it was the wicket of root that started the slide.
the skipper has attracted wonderful deliveries all series and this one which nipped off to choose the off bond was yet another beauty, albeit root was in no place to play with it.
buttler saw most of this meltdown from the opposite end, but eventually found a ready ally england battled to conserve the test at leach, who affirmed ben stokes in headingley and lived for an hour.
buttler had performed pushes are covered by a few sumptuous even before he upped the ante, yet they were overshadowed by handsome sixes away hazlewood plus a blow across the rope that was leg-side off precisely the man.
there were instances when he protected leach such as fending off the new ball, but 10 had faced 31 deliveries for his 10 not out.
all-rounder marsh came in to perform with his first test as december and support the australia pace attack.
there were instances when he outshone the rest of the bowlers by swinging the ball.
he had after root fell, was the architect of england’s collapse, stokes miscue a tug afterward.
both chris woakes and jonny bairstow played to become lbw either side of sam curran, who had survived being leg-before to a cummins no-ball, slashing to second slide.
into his own 16th over, and marsh pulled upward with cramp and had to depart the area as buttler was beginning to defraud.
he returned and managed yet another over, but by there, buttler was to his stride that was clean-hitting.
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, poor thinking and some decent bowling means england have dropped.
“australia will be thrilled with this position given they actually had a bad day.”
england’s jos buttler, talking to tms:”it’s nice to contribute a little bit. the boys really well in the daytime and we got ourselves into a wonderful position but couldn’t capitalise.
“batting has been hard work rather than enjoyable this series so i wished to take the shackles off and perform with a smile in my face”
australia all-rounder mitchell marsh, speaking to sky bet in play sports:”i was like a kid at christmas this morning. it is sometimes a lengthy tour whenever you aren’t playing. i just wanted to try and get an opportunity at some point and it was nice today, to create.
“the ball came out pretty well. i just wanted to come in today and have some wickets.”
analysis and opinion from the cricket correspondent of the bbc.