SOUTHAMPTON (AFP) - 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), White shared a stand of 143 after Australia had been 52 for two. 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. "Hopefully it's a significant innings for me," said White, promoted up the order to fill Ponting's number three berth. "I'm glad I could get an opportunity to make the most of it. The last three games I've enjoyed batting up the order. It's nice to assess conditions and play, rather than trying to come in and score runs straight away." 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. "It was a little bit like groundhog day again, the top six didn't get enough runs," said Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss. "We've had three poor batting performances, the first two games were very winnable at at half-way." Turning to White, Strauss added: "He's got the ability to play big shots and he took his chance very well. We're frustrated we didn't take all our chances, the fielding wasn't as good as it should have been." England were indebted to a ninth-wicket stand of 40 in 41 deliveries between Bresnan, 31 not out, and Sidebottom (24). Only 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 to Anderson. White, nearly run out 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. Clarke, a delivery after completing his fifty, was bowled by off-spinner Graeme Swann but the game had gone 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. SCOREBOARD ENGLAND A. Strauss c Clarke b Hauritz 63 R. Bopara c Hopes b Bracken 10 M. Prior c Hopes b Johnson 0 O. Shah lbw b Johnson 8 P. Collingwood c Bracken b Watson 28 E. Morgan c Johnson b Lee 43 L. Wright c sub (Voges) b Hopes 9 T. Bresnan not out 31 G. Swann lbw b Watson 3 R. Sidebottom c White b Watson 24 EXTRAS (lb1, w4, nb4) 9 TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 228 Did not bat: J Anderson Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Bopara), 2-41 (Prior), 3-62 (Shah), 4-98 (Strauss), 5-132 (Collingwood), 6-147 (Wright), 7-183 (Morgan), 8-188 (Swann), 9-228 (Sidebottom) BOWLING: Lee 9-1-58-1 (3nb) Bracken 10-0-36-1 Johnson 10-1-39-2 (3w) Hopes 7-0-34-1 Hauritz 6-0-24-1 Watson 8-0-36-3 (1nb, 1w) AUSTRALIA S. Watson lbw b Anderson 7 T. Paine lbw b Collingwood 29 C. White c Sidebottom b Wright 105 M. Clarke b Swann 52 C. Ferguson not out 20 M. Hussey not out 8 EXTRAS (b1, lb2, w6) 9 TOTAL (4 wkts, 48.3 overs) 230 Did not bat: J Hopes, M Johnson, B Lee, N Hauritz, N Bracken Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Watson), 2-52 (Paine), 3-195 (Clarke), 4-220 (White) BOWLING: Anderson 9.3-1-52-1 (1w) Sidebottom 10-1-39-0 (1w) Bresnan 10-1-46-0 (1w) Collingwood 7-0-39-1 (3w) Wright 7-1-16-1 Swann 5-0-35-1 Result: Australia won by six wickets Man-of-the-match: Cameron White (AUS) Series: Australia lead seven-match series 3-0 Toss: England Umpires: Tony Hill (NZL) and Peter Hartley (ENG) TV umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI) Previous results: Sept 04: 1st ODI, The Oval: Australia won by four runs Sept 06: 2nd ODI, Lord's: Australia won by 39 runs Remaining Fixtures Sept 12: 4th ODI, Lord's Sept 15: 5th ODI, Trent Bridge (d/n) Sept 17: 6th ODI, Trent Bridge (d/n) Sept 20: 7th ODI, Chester-le-Street Note: d/n = day/night