Smith shoots down ball-tampering claims, as Australia seek answers over defeat

The incident took place in the third ODI between Australia and England at SCG.

Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Zampa, Cummins, Stoinis and Marsh chipped in with one wicket apiece.

He then took a contentious catch to dismiss Steven Smith at a key point in the chase as England held on to go 3-0 up.

With Australia's World Cup defence now in free-fall, chastening home defeat to England awaits if Smith's side can't fight their way out of jail today at the SCG, 2-0 down in the series.

Buttler said he never had any doubt the ball had carried.

In an eventful final over, Woakes brought up his half-century with a pull for six before Buttler reached his century with a hard run two off the final delivery of the innings.

England restricted Australia to 286-6 and victory will taste even sweeter given they got just 1.2 overs out of Liam Plunkett before he departed with a left hamstring injury, Joe Root picking up the slack in his stead and going for an expensive 0-60 from his 8.4.

Michael Vaughan says Jos Buttler's sensational century for England in Sydney proves he is the world's best middle order batsman in one-day cricket.

Needing a successful run chase to keep the series alive after successive losses in Melbourne and Brisbane, Ashes winners Australia lost David Warner [8] early when he skewed a Woakes delivery into the hands of Hales.

Marsh thumped Rashid over cover to reach fifty, but the leg-spinner soon gained his revenge as the all-rounder holed out to long-on.

Starc fared little better in the final over with Woakes hooking him for six.

The skipper was quick to make his way towards the dressing rooms having seen Buttler claim the catch, before halting when he realised the umpires were sending the decision upstairs.

After several replays showing nothing conclusive to suggest that catch was taken cleanly, the third umpire ruled that there was not enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision with Smith visibly upset as he was leaving the field.

".(Smith) started to walk off". "People said something about lip balm but if you look at my lips they're pretty dry, I certainly didn't have any of that on".

Australian captain Steve Smith has shot down social media claims he tampered with the ball in Australia's 16-run loss to England at the SCG on Sunday night. "[Innings?] Against Cummins, Starc, etc it was very special".

"We haven't played well in this series, we don't seem to have been able to put it all together on the one day, there has been something lacking".

Joe Root helped reset the tempo in tandem with Jonny Bairstow but chopped on to the returning Josh Hazlewood - his first dismissal of the series - four overs after losing his third-wicket partner.

Such has been his poor form that Moeen Ali enjoyed a life in contributing just six - Cameron White fluffing a skier before a similar hack at Mitchell Marsh cannoned the ball into the top off off-stump.

  • Joanne Flowers