David Warner made 71 and Shaun Marsh was unbeaten on the identical score as Australia beat England by seven wickets in the third ODI on Sunday to take a 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
The win heaped more torment on England which was beaten 5-0 in the Ashes series and now faces defeat on a similar scale in the shorter form of the game.
Nathan Coulter-Nile took three for 47 as Australia restricted England to 243 for nine after the tourist batted upon winning the toss and Warner and Marsh carefully managed a run chase that saw the home side win with 10 overs to spare.
Warner scored his 71 runs from 70 balls with seven fours and two sixes. He put on 43 for the first wicket with Aaron Finch and guided Australia to 121 for two in the 21st over before he was caught at cover by Ian Bell off Ben Stokes.
Marsh played a patient and carefully measured innings, reaching 71 from 89 balls.
He had help from captain Michael Clarke who made 34 and veteran Brad Haddin who was 37 not out at the close.
Warner was judged man of the match for his innings and for his brilliant run out of opener Bell that delivered a heavy blow to England’s innings and its confidence.
Earlier, Eoin Morgan made 54 to again provide the backbone of the innings as England reached 243 for nine.
Morgan followed his brilliant century in Friday’s second match at Brisbane with a half century from 54 balls but his was largely a lone effort in a directionless England batting performance.
Tim Bresnan made an unbeaten 41 from 36 balls at the tail, hitting two sixes from the final over of the innings to add a little gloss to the England innings.
Cook produced England’s next best score, making 35 in his best score since the second innings of the fourth Ashes Test.
The England innings was effectively in decline from the moment Cook was caught by Glenn Maxwell from the bowling of Coulter-Nile in the ninth over after he and Bell had shared a rare half century opening partnership. Cook had seemed comfortable at the crease for the first time in weeks when he stepped onto the back foot and drove a short ball from Coulter-Nile directly to Maxwell at cover.
The Australians then delivered a massive blow to English morale when Warner brilliantly ran out Bell (29) with a direct hit from the outfield.