3rd ODI: White stuff sees Australia to victory

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/c/cricgen3.jpg' class='caption'> Cameron White's maiden ODI century was the cornerstone of Australia's six-wicket win against England as they went 3-0 up in the seven-match series.

Updated: September 10, 2009 09:59 IST
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Cameron White's maiden one-day international century was the cornerstone of Australia's six-wicket win against England here 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 century with a six and nine fours in his 32nd match at this level.

Australia's bowlers had restricted England to 228 for nine, with medium-pacer Shane Watson taking three wickets for 36 runs as the hosts top-order again failed to fire.

England were indebted to a ninth-wicket stand of 40 in 41 deliveries between Bresnan, 31 not out, and Sidebottom (24).

Only England captain Andrew Strauss, who made 63, and his Middlesex team-mate Eoin Morgan (43) managed more than Bresnan.

England had an early breakthrough in Australia's reply when Watson was lbw for seven to James Anderson.

Tim Paine (29) helped White add 36 for the second wicket before he was plumb lbw to medium-pacer Paul Collingwood's third ball.

White, nearly run out in the 30th over on 46 after Anderson at mid-on missed with an underarm shy, was given another let-off on 70 by the Lancashire quick, who hit fresh air with a backhand flick at the bowler's end.

White cashed in by on-driving left-arm seamer Sidebottom for six before his reprieve by Bresnan.

Clarke, a delivery after reaching a 90-ball fifty, was bowled by off-spinner Graeme Swann but the game had long got beyond England's reach.

Earlier, England saw several of their specialist batsmen get out when they failed to hit over the top.

Strauss won his third straight toss but this time decided to bat first rather than field with both sides were unchanged from Australia's 39-run win at Lord's on Sunday.

In the third over, left-handed opener Strauss struck three consecutive fours off fast bowler Brett Lee.

Ravi Bopara followed up by driving Nathan Bracken for six. But, trying to repeat the stroke, Bopara saw James Hopes, running back at mid-on, take a well-judged catch.

Strauss, who completed a 60-ball fifty with six fours, fell when he chipped off-spinner Nathan Hauritz low to Clarke at mid-wicket.

The series continues at Lord's on Saturday.

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