England looked sure to record their first victory of the series against Australia on what has been a miserable tour, only for James Faulkner to prise victory out of their hands with an extraordinary knock at the Gabba in the second ODI.
Faulkner struck an unbeaten 69 from 47 balls and somehow maintained a last-wicket stand of 57 in just 5.3 overs with last man Clint McKay for company. The No. 11 scored just two from nine balls, by contrast.
The scenes as Faulkner drilled Bresnan straight through the covers for the winning runs said it all. England were disconsolate, perhaps unable to believe that victory had slipped through their hands after all this time.
It took no time for Twitter to react, with Cricket Australia first up, trolling their rivals at the ECB:
Thereafter, it was a mix of disbelief at the numbers, and meltdown from long-suffering England fans:
How on earth do England come back from this? This tour just beggars belief.— Dan Roan (@danroan) January 17, 2014
87 days into England's tour and they have still not beaten Australia.— Adam Mountford (@tmsproducer) January 17, 2014
Just can't believe the cricket. Valerie Trierweiler doesn't know what emotional shock is. Try being an England cricket fan, darling.— gavin mortimer (@gavinmortimer7) January 17, 2014
England get their first nearly-win of the winter. Australia sink to an almost-defeat, winning by only 1 wicket.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) January 17, 2014