David Warner's quickfire 127 from just 115 balls helped Australia beat England by three wickets to steal a bonus point in the Carlton Mid ODI tri-series match played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
Eoin Morgan's 121 runs had bailed the tourists out of trouble and helped them set a 235-run target. The tourists were, at one stage, tottering at 33 runs for the loss of four wickets, when Morgan came to the fore.
Morgan hit eleven fours and three sixes en-route to his hundred. Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner did the bulk of the damage for Australia with the ball and picked up four and three wickets respectively.
Australia were off to a better start than their opponents with the bat. But they lost opener Aaron Finch, for 15, in the seventh over. Shane Watson was the next Australian batsman to fall, after he added 16 runs to the tally.
Warner and Steven Smith then joined forces and mounted an 87-run stand for the third wicket. Warner played aggressor through his innings and regularly found the fence.
England's wicket keeper, Jos Buttler, dropped Warner on 73 after a Ravi Bopara delivery found the edge in the 23rd over. It was a reprieve that cost England dearly, as Warner dropped anchor and adopted a more cautious approach.
Chris Woakes finally dismissed Warner in the 39th over, but the damage had already been done. Warner hit 18 fours in his match-winning knock.
Australia's captain, George Bailey, said a strong all-round show helped his side win the first match of the series.
"It's a challenging tri-series here. We were reasonably late to go for the bonus point, maybe in the Powerplay and Warner deserved to get his hundred. We made sure he got it and then went for the win, trying to make sure it didn't get messy," Bailey said.