NOTTINGHAM, September 17- Tim Paine scored his maiden international century as Australia inflicted fresh one-day misery upon England with a crushing 111-run win here at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Victory in this day/night fixture left world champions Australia 6-0 up and on course to complete the first ever 7-0 clean sweep in a bilateral series in Sunday’s finale at Durham’s Riverside ground.
The win also returned them to the top of the world one-day rankings although they will need to complete the whitewash this weekend to stay there.
Paine’s 111 was the cornerstone of Australia’s 296 for eight as the holders continued to warm-up in style for next week’s start of the Champions Trophy tournament in South Africa.
England, chasing 299 to win, collapsed to 60 for four inside 15 overs.
They were eventually dismissed for 185, with nine overs to spare as they suffered their 11th heaviest defeat, in terms of runs, in 517 one-day internationals (ODIs).
No England batsman made more than number eight Tim Bresnan’s 31 not out.
Wicketkeeper Paine, an opener in the one-day format, reached three figures in only his seventh match at this level.
"I’m rapt," said Paine. "I obviously got a bit nervous so to get it (the hundred) out of the way and for the team to win the sixth straight game is a great thrill."
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was delighted for his fellow Tasmanian, saying: "I thought he’d got some good starts and hadn’t fully capitalised so to see him go on was very pleasing.
"As a team we are doing everything right."
Reflecting on Australia being back on top of the world standings, Ponting added: "It’s nice but you don’t ever play for these things."
Together with Michael Hussey (65), Paine – who only made his one-day international debut against Scotland in Edinburgh last month – put on 163 for the third wicket.
Fast bowler James Anderson, back in the England side after being rested for two matches, returned fine figures of four for 55.
Paine’s match got even better off only the second ball of England’s reply.
England captain Andrew Strauss appeared to have swayed out of the way of a Lee bouncer in near textbook fashion, the ball brushing his shoulder on the way through to Paine.
But Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, after a prolonged appeal, gave Strauss out and England were nought for one.
"It was a bit of a horror show with the bat," Strauss said.
"No-one is more frustrated than I am. We can sit down and talk about what went wrong today but ultimately it is about people getting up there, showing some character and delivering."
Joe Denly drove James Hopes’s second ball for six but the medium-pacer had his revenge when, off his 11th delivery, the Kent opener skied him to Lee.
Ponting, long one of the world’s best outfielders, then produced two magnificent direct hit run-outs to dismiss Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara.
That left England 60 for four and they never looked like clawing their way back from such a dire position.
England, after Strauss’s run of five straight toss wins ended, saw Anderson dismiss Shane Watson and he then had Ponting caught off a hook at deep backward square-leg by Ryan Sidebottom.
But England’s joy at removing Ponting for six, 120 fewer than he managed in Australia’s four-wicket victory here on Tuesday, was short-lived as Paine unfurled a fine array of strokes.
The 24-year-old, only playing after first-choice keeper Brad Haddin was ruled out of the series with a broken finger that will also sideline him from the Champions Trophy, had made his maiden ODI fifty at Lord’s on Saturday.
His single off Graeme Swann saw him to a hundred off 130 balls, including a superb straight six off Dimitri Mascarenhas and 13 fours
Paine was eventually out when expertly caught by opposing gloveman Prior, standing up to the stumps, following a bottom edge off Mascarenhas.