Cameron White’s maiden one-day international century was the cornerstone of Australia’s six-wicket win against England in Southampton on Wednesday as they went 3-0 up in the seven-match series.
Australia, chasing 229 for victory under the Rose Bowl floodlights, finished on 230 for four with nine balls to spare as regular captain Ricky Ponting, back from his post-Ashes break, watched from the pavilion.
White, whose previous best of 53 came in Friday’s series-opening four-run win at the Oval, made 105 before he hit Luke Wright to Ryan Sidebottom at mid-off with Australia needing nine runs off 16 balls for victory.
Together with stand-in skipper Michael Clarke (52), he shared a stand of 143 after Australia had been 52 for two.
Callum Ferguson and Michael Hussey completed the win. Having survived two run-out chances, White should have been out for 92 only for Tim Bresnan at long-on to drop a routine chance off James Anderson. Instead he went on to complete a 116-ball
Australia’s bowlers had restricted England to 228 for nine, with medium-pacer Shane Watson taking three wickets for 36 runs.
England were indebted to a ninth-wicket stand of 40 off 41 balls between Bresnan, 31 not out, and Sidebottom (24).