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Buttler helps England to 264

Jos Buttler came to England's rescue as the tourists set the Prime Minister's XI a target of 265 in a limited-overs Tour Match in Canberra.

The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman struck a quick-fire 61 as England recovered from 149-6 to build a competitive total.

Captain Alastair Cook's miserable tour continued as he was dismissed in just the fifth ball of the innings, while fellow Test player Joe Root also went cheaply.

Cook's opening partner Michael Carberry (47) and Gary Balance (56) helped to steady the ship but once this partnership was broken a steady stream of wickets meant England continued to struggle until Buttler, assisted by Tim Bresnan (36) took the game to their opponents.

Chris Jordan and James Tredwell kept the momentum going late in the innings to see England to 264-8.

Coming off the back of the disastrous Ashes Test series and a defeat in the opening one-day international in Melbourne on Sunday, this match gave some of England's beleaguered batsmen the chance to finally make some runs.

No-one on the tourist's side is more in dire need of some time at the crease like captain Cook but he failed to make it past the first over as he nicked his second ball, off the bowling of Brett Lee, to the keeper to depart for one.

Late runs

He was followed soon after by Root, who struggled in making one from 14 balls before being trapped lbw by retired former Australia international Lee, who ended with 2-22 from seven overs.

Carberry remained at the crease, though, and when he was joined by Balance, England finally asserted themselves on the game.

Carberry was closing in on a near run-a-ball half-century before he was caught by Lee off the bowling of Ben Cutting.

Balance remained and made his way past 50 before he became the third victim of leg-spinner James Muirhead, who had earlier claimed the wickets of Eoin Morgan (4) Ravi Bopara (18).

England were again reeling but Buttler, ably assisted by Tim Bresnan (36), saw them top 229 before the two fell within in the space of two overs, leaving the tail to add what could be some vital late runs.