Australia secured a superb 88-run win against England in the second ODI in Manchester on Sunday, bowling the hosts out for 227 in the 45th over to take a one-nil series lead.
Australia posted a formidable 315 for seven, with team skippers Michael Clarke and George Bailey joining forces in a 155-run stand. England then replied with three half centuries but couldn't kick on for the win.
England won the toss and chose to bowl first at Old Trafford, giving Boyd Rankin and Michael Carberry their second ODI caps. The Aussies lost their first wicket in the opening over, with Shaun Marsh caught behind off Steve Finn for a duck.
Shane Watson was again involved in a DRS drama a while later, trapped LBW and given out. He reviewed it, saying he'd nicked it, and Hot Spot seemed to corroborate this, and Aleem Dar overturned Richard Kettleborough's decision.
Opener Aaron Finch, in such good form on this trip, was unable to add another ton to his tally, but he did make 45 runs before departing in the 22nd over, caught by Joe Root off James Tredwell.
This left Clarke and Bailey to do the job, coming together with the score on 116, and taking it to 271. Both batsmen reached their half centuries quickly, and Bailey hit four sixes and five fours in his 82-run knock.
The T20 skipper was dismissed in the 44th over, caught by Tredwell off Ravi Bopara, who had earlier claimed Watson's wicket. Clarke, as is often the case, did not survive his partner's exit, and was out for 105 just 12 runs later.
Clarke was dismissed by Rankin, who added his second wicket with his next delivery. He induced an inside edge from Matthew Wade, who played onto his stumps for a first-ball duck. A hat-trick was not to be though, as James Faulkner blocked Rankin's next ball.
Faulkner made 18 runs off 11 balls to push the score past 300, leaving the hosts with a challenging score to chase.
England opener Carberry's poor start to his ODI career continued as he could only add four runs to the 10 he made on debut against Ireland. He was caught by Clarke off Mitchell Johnson.
The fast bowler soon took another wicket, removing Jonathan Trott for a duck, before Faulkner bowled Joe Root a short while later for just three runs. This left Kevin Pietersen, opening the batting, to join forces with Eoin Morgan.
The senior batsmen made 59 runs together before Pietersen, who had made 60 off 66 balls, lost concentration and gave Faulkner an easy catch off Watson's bowling. Morgan then went on to make 54, before being caught by Clarke off Clint McKay.
Jos Buttler was the third batsman to make a good yet frustrating fifty, as he looked to have some fun in the losing cause. Ben Stokes and Tredwell fell for single figures during Buttler's knock.
The wicketkeeper managed to make 75 off 65 balls before he pulled Fawad Ahmed high into the air, giving Johnson an easy catch in the deep. Only Finn provided further resistance, making 16, before McKay claimed his wicket to end the match.
England: Michael Carberry, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Boyd Rankin, Steven Finn
Australia: Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Fawad Ahmed