Former Australian captain Steve Smith departed in unusual circumstances. He was given out on 21 runs after a delayed and silenced appeal from the English Captain Jos Buttler. Buttler motioned to review it, thinking that Smith has edged the delivery by Olly Stone. “Buttler is reviewing this, straight away he thought he heard something,” Gilchrist said in the commentary box.
Umpire Paul Wilson responded only when Buttler appealed. Wilson took his time or perhaps was hoping for Smith to walk on his own, eventually raising his finger after Smith was heard saying “he’s not given that out”. Smith stood his ground until he was not given out by the umpire.
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Australia complete whitewash
Australia have already won the series by beating England in the first and second match of the three-match ODI series. The Aussies won their first two matches very comprehensively. Despite Malan's brilliant ton in the first match, England lost by 6 wickets. In the second match of the series, Australian bowlers took the match away from the hand of the English side as Australia won the match by 72 runs.
The third ODI between Australia and England is being played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After winning the toss Buttler asked the kangaroos to put runs on the scoreboard and the openers responded aggressively as David Warner and Travis Head put up a 269-run partnership. Warner made 106 off 102 balls which includes 8 fours and 2 sixes while Head scored 152 runs off 130 balls smashing 16 fours and 4 sixes. Both the openers broke Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting’s record of 225 in 2022.
Australia finished their inning with 353 runs on the scoreboard after losing 5 wickets in 50 overs. Warner and Head both smashed a sensational ton. The Buttler-led team is looking to achieve the target without facing any difficulties and avoid getting whitewashed by the Aussies. England, with a tall order in the second innings, never really got going, and eventually crumbled for only 142 in 31.4 overs.