White Century Hands Australia Third Straight Win
Australia 230-4 (White 105, Clarke 52) beat
England 228-9 (Strauss 63, Watson 3-36) by six wickets
Third One-Day International, The Rose Bowl
Cameron White's maiden One-Day International century shepherded Australia to a six-wicket win over England and a 3-0 lead in the seven-match ODI series at The Rose Bowl.
Eoin Morgan, Tim Bresnan and Ryan Sidebottom all scored ODI career-bests for England but their efforts could only get the hosts up to a modest score of 228 for nine, a total surpassed by Australia in the penultimate over of their run chase.
Andrew Strauss crafted a fluent 63 and Morgan's 43 showed plenty of promise but England lost wickets at regular intervals, Shane Watson taking three of them.
After Strauss won the toss, he and Ravi Bopara (10) got England off to a flyer before Bopara scooped Nathan Bracken into the air to be well held by James Hopes at mid on.
Matthew Prior pulled Mitchell Johnson to Hopes at midwicket; another sharp catch saw his downfall for a duck and the wickets continued to tumble - Paul Collingwood (28), Owais Shah (8) and Luke Wright (9) failing to give Morgan, who stroked 43 in 57 deliveries, the support he needed.
However, as tidily as Australia bowled, England were guilty of trying to force the pace and getting themselves out and when Morgan looped a catch to Johnson at mid off they were in danger of being bowled out inside their 50 overs.
That possibility increased when Graeme Swann became Watson's second wicket, trapped in front before an enterprising partnership of 40 between Bresnan and Sidebottom hauled England up past 200.
Bresnan closed unbeaten on 31 in 37 balls and Sidebottom fell to the last ball of the innings when he was caught by White off of Watson having made 24 in 28 balls.
England then got the early breakthrough they needed to stay in the game when Watson was trapped in front for seven by James Anderson but that just brought White to the crease early and he threatened to stay for the duration.
The Victorian faced 124 balls in all, hitting nine fours and a six, sharing stands of 38 with Tim Paine (29), 25 with Callum Ferguson (20 not out) and the clincher, 143 with Michael Clarke.
Clarke joined White when Paine was trapped in front by Collingwood for 29, the medium pacer striking with just his third ball but captain and vice-captain batted for 30 overs and one ball to take the game away from England.
Their stand was finally broken when Clarke was bowled by Swann for 52 in 92 balls and although White was finally caught by Sidebottom off of Wright, Ferguson and Mike Hussey (8 not out) finished off the match with nine balls to spare.
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