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Jos Buttler masterclass leaves England on course for series-clinching victory

Mark Wood took the key wicket of Steve Smith.

Jos Buttler struck a magnificent century, leaving England defending 303 against Australia in the third one-day international at Sydney.

Buttler compiled a superb 100 not out in 83 deliveries, with Chris Woakes an inspired accomplice with 53no in just 36 balls.

Their transformative 113-run stand lifted England to 302 for six after a slow start from the top order on a slow SCG surface.

Mark Wood took the key wicket of Steve Smith (45) to leave Australia, 2-0 down in the five-match series, 181 for four after 34 overs.

England’s defence was hindered by the loss of Liam Plunkett, who pulled up with a hamstring injury in his second over and will be assessed on Monday.

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