James Faulkner smashed an unbeaten 69 as Australia claimed a dramatic one-wicket victory in the second one-day international in Brisbane.
Eoin Morgan's fifth ODI century for the tourists lifted England to a total of 300-8 at the Gabba.
The hosts looked out of it, but Faulkner hit five sixes in his 47-ball knock and shared a 57-run final wicket partnership with Clint McKay off just 33 balls to add another miserable chapter to England's tour.
Australia now lead the five-match series 2-0 and can take an unassailable lead in Sydney on Sunday.
|England: 300 for 8 (50 overs)|
|Cook||c and b Maxwell||22||51|
|Bell||run out (Clarke)||68||123|
|Ballance||st Haddin||b Maxwell||9||16|
|Morgan||c Clarke||b Faulkner||106||139|
|Bopara||c Bailey||b Faulkner||24||33|
|Buttler||c Clarke||b Coulter-Nile||49||55|
|Stokes||c Maxwell||b Coulter-Nile||0|
|Extras||1nb 12w 0b 4lb||17|
|Australia: 301 for 9 (49.3 overs)|
|Warner||c and b Jordan||18||18||14|
|Finch||c Ballance||b Jordan||0||3|
|S Marsh||b Root||55||81||69|
|Clarke||c Ballance||b Root||17||31||20|
|Maxwell||c Bopara||b Bresnan||54||57||39|
|Haddin||c Cook||b Bresnan||26||46||35|
|Johnson||c Buttler||b Bopara||1||12||10|
|Extras||0nb 10w 0b 9lb||19|
Dublin-born Morgan blasted six sixes in his innings of 106 from 99 balls, sharing a record 117-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Jos Buttler.
The England wicketkeeper contributed 49 off 36 balls as England scored 100 off the last 10 overs after looking like they were going to post a total well below-par.
Spinner Glenn Maxwell took 2-31 and claimed the early wickets of Alastair Cook (22) and Gary Ballance (8), with the returning Mitchell Johnson adding to Joe Root's woes by trapping him lbw for two.
Morgan came to the crease with England 78-3 and saw Ian Bell run out by a direct hit after making 68 to leave the tourists on 139-4 after 30 overs.
It took Morgan 70 balls to reach his half-century before unleashing some majestic big hitting with Faulkner in particular taking some brutal punishment.
The 100 partnership came off just 61 balls and the sixth-wicket stand was an England record in Australia.
Australia stuttered in their reply, with Chris Jordan removing openers Aaron Finch (0) and David Warner (18) in his first three overs, the latter via a stunning return catch.
Spin proved pivotal again, with part-time England spinner Joe Root, like Maxwell, taking two key wickets.
Michael Clarke was caught low by Ballance at point for 17 before Root bowled Shaun Marsh—replacing Shane Watson in the line-up—for 55.
Boyd Rankin trapped George Bailey lbw for 24 to leave Australia 120-5 after 23 overs in pursuit of a record run-chase at the Gabba.
Maxwell and Brad Haddin put on 80 for the sixth wicket, with the former hitting eight boundaries in a 37-ball half-century before both fell in the same Tim Bresnan over.
That left Australia needing 95 from the final 15 overs. Their quest was hindered when Nathan Coulter-Nile was trapped lbw by Ben Stokes for 16.
The hosts were falling behind the run rate and Ravi Bopara had Johnson caught behind to leave Australia's final wicket pairing needing 57 off the last six overs.
Faulkner hit Stokes for five sixes before sealing the victory with three consecutive fours off the start of Bresnan's final over.