When they were on the brink of beating Australia for the first time on the tour, England had victory snatched away from them in the most demoralising manner in the second ODI in Brisbane.
They looked poised for a morale-boosting first win today when they had Australia at 244-9 which meant they required 57 off the last six overs to overhaul England’s 300-8.
However, some astonishing batting by James Faulkner, who smashed 69 off 47 balls with five 6s and just three 4s, all of which came off the first three balls of the final over bowled by Tim Bresnan which they began with 12 needed to win.
“It is quite tough,” admitted England’s batting hero Eoin Morgan who made 106 off 99 balls with six 6s and four 4s.
“We let a good side come in at the end and we allowed them to play and didn’t finish as well as we would have liked. We’re as surprised as anybody at the result.
“We let ourselves down a bit. I think that can be said.”
Morgan shared a sixth wicket stand of 117 in 11 overs with Jos Buttler, 49 off 36 balls. Ian Bell made 68 but Joe Root made only two but took two wickets.
At 120-5, Australia were struggling but a stand of 80 between Glenn Maxwell, 54, and their Test nemesis Brad Haddin, 26, kept them afloat.
Tim Bresnan dismissed both in one over and when England took the ninth wicket on 244 after 44 overs, they really sensed victory only for Faulkner’s fireworks to blow them aside and leave them 2-0 down in the five match series.