Captain Paul Collingwood celebrates a record win with his team just days after retiring from Test cricket [AFP]

England followed up their Ashes win with victory in the shortest form of the game as Australia's cricketing woes against the tourists continued.

Chris Woakes struck the winning runs off the last ball to lift England to a dramatic one-wicket win in Adelaide on Wednesday.

With the scores level at 157 runs each in the Twenty20 international, Woakes smacked the ball over mid-wicket to extend the world champions' winning run in the short format to a record eight matches.

"Eight wins in this form of the game is very special," England captain Paul Collingwood, who retured from Test cricket after the 3-1 series win in Sydney, told reporters in Adelaide.

"It was a great game of cricket, it had everything. I thought we probably should have seen it through a little bit easier, but Twenty20 cricket can get a little bit like that towards the end."

Australia's Shane Watson took four for 15, including two wickets in two balls, and made 59 of 31 balls with the bat, including three successive sixes and 26 in total off Graeme Swann's first over.

Losing cause

It was all in a losing cause for the Test opener, however, as England's tail overhauled a modest target in front of 32,000 fans at the Adelaide Oval desperate for a measure of revenge after Australia's Ashes drubbing.

"It was very disappointing not to get over the line," said Watson.

"It doesn't matter how I played as an individual, the important thing was the win for the team and unfortunately we got close, it wasn't good enough."

The evening might have been different had Australia's Stephen O'Keefe not dropped Ian Bell off the first ball of England's innings, the in-form batsman going on to make 27 as the tourists made a brisk start.

Eoin Morgan top-scored for England with 43 off 33 balls and they looked to be swaggering to victory until Watson had him caught by David Hussey.

Michael Yardy was bowled for a duck first ball to leave England 28 runs from victory with three wickets in hand and Watson on a hat-trick.

Woakes denied him but Australia were celebrating again when Brett Lee caught Tim Bresnan for 11, again off Watson, and the prospect of bowling England out looked increasingly likely.

Watson bowled Swann for his fourth wicket off the first ball of the last over with England still needing four runs from five deliveries.

The second and final match of the series takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.

Source: Reuters