Cameron White smashed 75 from 43 balls as Australia set England 214 to win the opening Twenty20 clash on Wednesday at Bellerive.
Recalled to Australian colours for the first time since 2012, White cracked six boundaries and four sixes to set the platform for the home side’s 4-213 after they had won the toss.
The 30-year-old put on 106 with opening partner Aaron Finch (52 from 31) as the Australians burst out of the blocks.
Finch hit three sixes as the pair reached a century partnership off 59 balls.
He was caught in the deep in the 11th over and it took the most eventful over of the innings to claim White.
It produced 18 runs from Luke Wright (1-18 from 1) and looked also to have claimed White’s wicket when he skied one to Danny Briggs at fine leg.
A no-ball was called and the third umpire took several looks at Wright’s full toss to confirm it was above waist height and White survived.
The Victorian was out lbw before the over was out and Australia were 2-134.
Glenn Maxwell (20 from 13) produced an astonishing reverse sweep for six off Briggs (0-53 from 4) but the shot proved to be his downfall when he was caught at 3-157.
Australia couldn’t sustain their early pace until, on debut, Queenslander Chris Lynn cracked three sixes in his late cameo of 37 from 19.
White admitted he’d been desperate to get back into the green and gold.
“I must admit it’s been something I’ve been looking forward to for a while,” he said.
“It’s been something I’ve worked pretty hard to get the opportunity to do so it was great to get a few runs in the first game back.”
He has set the goal of being part of Australia’s World Twenty20 squad but will need to vie for an opening spot with Test stars Shane Watson and Dave Warner.
“I’m not exactly sure I’ll be in the team once they’re back in,” he said.
“I can just concentrate on these next couple of games and hopefully put my best foot forward and get on that next tour.
“With the Twenty20 World Cup around the corner that’s a bit of an aim.”
England captain Stuart Broad said his side could take some confidence from getting as close as it did.
“We never really got going with the bat but still got 200 runs,” he said.
” … Thirteen runs isn’t a huge defeat.”