Warner Century Enough For Australia
Australia 235-7 (Warner 127) beat
England 234 (Morgan 121) by three wickets
One-Day International tri-series, Melbourne
David Warner scored 127 in 115 balls to marshal Australia towards a three-wicket win over England in the opening match of the One-Day International tri-series in Melbourne.
Eoin Morgan had earlier led something of an impressive recovery as his century hauled England from 75 for five to 234 all out.
However, Warner's third ODI ton ensured that England's total was insuffient, despite Chris Woakes taking four for 40.
They made slightly hard work of their pursuit as England scrapped to stay in the game before getting home in 39.5 overs.
Mitchell Starc had earlier taken four wickets as Morgan top scored for England with 121 in 136 balls.
India are the other side involved in the tri-series and they take on Australia on Sunday 18th January.
England, fresh from confidence-boosting wins over an Australian Capital Territory XI and the Prime Minister's XI, were in big trouble just minutes after winning the toss and choosing to bat.
Starc trapped both Ian Bell and James Taylor in front for ducks and Pat Cummins had Joe Root caught by Shane Watson for five.
Moeen Ali (22) and Ravi Bopara (13) also fell cheaply to leave England floundering at 75 for five after 17 overs.
However, Morgan, playing his first ODI as full-time captain of the side, responded with a 136-ball innings that guided England towards a competitive total.
He hit 11 fours adand three sixes and put on partnerships with Jos Buttler (28) and Chris Jordan (17) to lift England's score.
Starc returned four for 42, Cummins one for 42, James Faulkner three for 47, Glenn Maxwell one for 37 and Xavier Doherty one for 38.
Warner and Aaron Finch (15) then added a swift 33 for Australia's first wicket but while Warner prospered at one end, wickets fell at the other.
Shane Watson (16), Steve Smith (37), George Bailey (10) and Brad Haddin (16) all made starts but failed to go on.
Crucially for the outcome of the game, England could not remove Warner until he had hit 18 fours and taken his side to within eight runs of victory.
He was finally caught by Bell off Woakes and although Haddin was then run out one over later, Australia held their nerve to see themselves over the line with Faulkner unbeaten on six.
Jordan (1-33) and Ali (1-45) were England's other wicket-takers.
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