Eoin Morgan's stunning rearguard action in the first tri-nation ODI match at Sydney on Friday went in vain for England. Morgan slammed a 121-ball 136 to become the first England skipper to score a ODI hundred in Australia, but more importantly, it was his heroics that bailed England out from a precarious 69 for five wickets in the 16th over of the match. (Warner Hands Australia bonus point | Highlights)
Morgan replaced the out-of-form Alastair Cook as England captain and has responded beautifully in a series that is being seen as a dress rehearsal for the World cup starting in February.
Morgan's third century versus Australia was his seventh in ODIs. Friday's knock was his second century as captain, his first being 124 not out against Ireland at Dublin on September 3, 2013. But the three-wicket defeat left Morgan unhappy.
For the second time, England lost two wickets without a run on the board. The first instance was versus India when openers Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter were out for ducks at Ferozshah Kotla, New Delhi on October 17, 2011.
"I was happy with my performance to start like this as captain but devastated at the result. (Chris) Woakes bowled well, Moeen Ali held his own as well. Looking forward to play India after four days," Morgan said.
Morgan's average as captain is the highest by an England skipper and the fifth highest by a captain in ODIs, the highest being Glenn Turner's 128.75 -- 515 in seven innings, including two hundreds and three fifties.
Morgan is the sixth England batsman to post a hundred versus Australia in ODIs at Sydney.Â Morgan's innings is the second highest by an England batsman versus Australia at SCG. Jonathan Trott had scored 137 off 126 balls on February 2, 2011.
Friday's hundred helped Morgan completed 500 runs as captain in ODIs, his aggregate being 548 in nine innings at an average of 78.28, including two hundreds and four fifties.
England's batting failure was compounded when the in-form Ian Bell recorded his second golden duck in ODIs, his first being versus New Zealand at Hamilton on February 12, 2008.
Bell's second duck versus Australia is his sixth in ODIs. As an opener, he has registered three ducks -- one each versus Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia.
(With inputs from Rajesh Kumar)