Eoin Morgan’s century wasn't enough to stop England suffering defeat in his first game as captain in the opening Tri-Series match against Australia.
Morgan, who took over as one-day international captain after Alastair Cook’s exit, hit an excellent total of 121 to help make up for a horror start – but England could only manage a total of 234 all out.
David Warner was the star of the show for Australia whose 127 helped the Baggy Greens earn a bonus-point victory.
Morgan had elected to bat after winning the toss but may have quickly regretted the decision after both Ian Bell and James Taylor were back watching from the sidelines just three balls into the match.
Bell (0), whose 187 in England’s warm-up game against the Prime Minister’s XI earned him preference over Alex Hales, was sent packing for a golden duck after being trapped lbw by Mitchell Starc’s in-swinging delivery.
Taylor (0) last just two more balls after suffered the same fate as Bell – and Joe Root didn’t last much longer after he was caught out by Shane Watson. That sunk the score to 12-3.
Midway through the 16th over England were a disappointing 69-5 after Moeen Ali (22) and Ravi Bopara (13) were both caught out by Glenn Maxwell.
But Morgan was able to build up partnerships of 67, 34 and 56 with Jos Buttler (28), Chris Woakes (8) and Chris Jordan (17) respectively earning himself his seventh ODI century with a four.
James Anderson’s absence was keenly felt once Australia took to the crease as the Baggy Greens raced to 71-2 in the 13th over.
Despite struggling to hit cleanly early on Warner was able to get into a rhythm eventually and hit a 87-run partnership with Steven Smith (37).
Chris Woakes was England’s standout bowler of the day not least for being the one to finally smash the wicket of Warner recording a score of 4-40.
Foot of the Tri-Series table
England take up an early bottom space on the Tri-Series table but still have two match-ups with India and another showdown with Australia to try and earn a spot in the top two.
Their next fixture will be against India on Tuesday in Brisbane.
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