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Cameron White topscored with 75 off 43 balls as Australia set England 214 to win the opening Twenty20 international in Hobart on Wednesday.
England have never scored as high as 214 to win a T20 international as they bid to end Australia's crushing dominance in the recent Ashes Test and one-day international series.
White, recalled by Australia for the first time since 2012, smashed six boundaries and four sixes to set the platform for the home side's 213 for four after they had won the toss.
White put on 106 with opening partner Aaron Finch (52 from 31) as the Australians began with all guns blazing.
Finch hit three sixes and five fours 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 to Danny Briggs at fine leg.
A no-ball was called and the third umpire took several looks at the replays at Wright's full toss to confirm it was above waist height and White survived.
But White was out leg before wicket before the over was out and Australia were 134 for two.
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 157 for three.
Australia couldn't sustain their early pace until, on debut, Chris Lynn cracked three sixes in his late cameo of 37 from 19 and Dan Christian remained six not out.