Nerveless Morgan underpins victory
Eoin Morgan once again proved England's finisher as he guided them to a comfortable four-wicket win over Australia with a brilliantly-judged unbeaten century at the Rose Bowl.
Morgan, whose previous one-day international hundred in March snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Bangladesh in Dhaka, put England one up in the five-match NatWest Series.
The 23-year-old left-hander arrived at the crease amid a flurry of wickets but a little over two hours later hit the winnings runs to seal victory, and his ton, with four overs to spare.
England made a promising start to their pursuit of 268 but, like Australia had, lost four wickets to see their progress checked on a gloriously sunny evening on the south coast.
They were indebted to Morgan's 103 not out from 85 balls, including 16 fours, while Luke Wright and Tim Bresnan shared partnerships of 95 and 71 with England's hero.
The hosts restricted Australia's potent batting line-up to 267 for seven, preventing the tourists from taking full advantage of Ricky Ponting's decision to bat first.
Four wickets, including that of Ponting, at regular intervals sandwiched half-century partnerships for the first and fifth wickets.
Ponting's vice-captain Michael Clarke ensured Australia would post a competitive total with 87 from 97 balls, including seven fours.
Clarke shared in Australia's second and third half-century alliances, but England kept their opponents in check in sweltering conditions favouring batsmen.
There were two wickets apiece from James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Wright, while Michael Yardy was the hosts' most economical bowler with 1-41 from 10 overs.
Anderson and Bresnan, the latter back from a foot injury in place of Ajmal Shahzad, kept Australia quiet at first but Shane Watson and Tim Paine soon found their range.
First-change Broad's yorker almost trapped Watson in front but, after bringing up Australia's fifty from 52 deliveries with an on-driven four, the right-hander's miscued pull on 26 offered Broad a straightforward catch in his follow through.
The hosts immediately took the bowling powerplay and Paine fell for 26 as he sought to take advantage of the field being up.
Having narrowly avoided being caught by Anderson diving at mid-on, Paine, like his opening partner, went two balls after a chance as he chopped Wright onto his back leg and the stumps.
Only 16 came from the powerplay and worse was to follow for Australia when Ponting pulled an apparently harmless Wright delivery to a sprawling Broad at fine-leg on 21.
Strauss introduced spin in Yardy, who produced a maiden first up. However, it was Anderson who claimed the next breakthrough when he forced Cameron White to play on for 10.
Clarke and Mike Hussey halted the flow of wickets and prospered with low-risk shots to raise a fifty-partnership from 55 balls.
That ended immediately after the second drinks break when Hussey feathered Yardy behind for Craig Kieswetter to do the honours.
England put the squeeze on as James Hopes and Clarke registered the slowest fifty partnership of the innings - from 74 balls.
Australia took the batting powerplay after 44 overs, but lost Hopes for 34 as he could only direct Anderson's slow bouncer to Bresnan at short third man.
The tourists mustered 40 from the powerplay before Nathan Hauritz chipped Broad to Strauss at cover on 22 in the final over.
Strauss began England's chase brightly with consecutive fours through midwicket in the first over off Doug Bollinger.
However, the left-hander perished on 10 when he edged Ryan Harris behind.
Kieswetter was not deterred and went after the bowling while Kevin Pietersen was initially more circumspect - edging paceman Josh Hazlewood, the youngest ODI debutant in Australia's history, for four through a vacant second slip.
The second-wicket pair brought up a half-century alliance from 57 balls before Ponting dived forward at point to catch Pietersen for 29 off Watson.
Kieswetter hooked Hazlewood over fine-leg for the first six of the match as England reached 81 for two at the end of 15 overs, which included the bowling powerplay.
However, the 19-year-old soon had his revenge, bowling Kieswetter for 38 straight after drinks to pick up his first international wicket.
Collingwood followed for 11 when he advanced to Watson only to miscue to Hopes at mid-off, but Morgan and Wright calmly added 50 in 57 balls.
Morgan unfurled his trademark reverse sweep for four off Hauritz before Wright lifted Watson for a maximum down the ground.
Morgan continued to score all round the wicket and, although Harris - who took 3-42 - trapped Wright in front for 36, kept England on course.
Bresnan chipped in with 27 before falling to a Harris yorker but Morgan drove the same bowler down the ground for four to reach three figures and seal victory.