A calamitous collapse in Optus Stadium's inaugural international match has seen Australia slump to their fourth defeat in five games to England in a tense final Gillette ODI on Sunday.
Chasing 260 on an at-times spicy drop-in pitch at the pristine Perth venue, the hosts fell 12 runs short despite an impressive half-century from allrounder Marcus Stoinis and a brave 34 from Tim Paine that nearly lifted Australia over the line.
Australia spiralled from 4-189 to be all out for 247 as fast bowler Tom Curran (5-35 off 9.2 overs) delivered a superb death-bowling performance to seal England’s fourth win of the series.
Joe Root's smart 68-ball 62, which featured just two boundaries, and a collection of piecemeal contributions from his fellow batsmen saw the visitors tick over to a competitive 259 on a track local boy Andrew Tye, one of just three players in this game to have featured at the venue before, admitted he had no idea what a par score was.
Stoinis, promoted to No.3 after Cameron White was dropped, made the most of his first opportunity in his short ODI career to bat higher than six with a power-packed 87.
But his exit signalled the beginning of the end for the hosts, with England’s impressive 50-over outfit setting the series ledger at 4-1.
In the hours before Tye was snapped up for $AUD 1.4 million in the Indian Premier League auction by Kings XI Punjab, the right-armer starred with the ball and collected a consolation 5-46, becoming the first Western Australian to take an ODI five-fa in his home state.
This morning, all eyes were on how the pitch would respond to one of the world's most potent opening pair of Mitchell Starc, back after sitting Australia's win in Adelaide, and sidekick Josh Hazlewood.
Jason Roy christened the new venue with an old fashioned all-run four off the first delivery of the match and, undeterred by some early seam movement, he and fellow opener Jonny Bairstow needed just 35 balls to pass 50.
Australia should have seen the back of Roy, on 20, a ball after he deposited Starc over his head for six when he edged behind, but an umpire review showed the left-armer had overstepped.
The stunned look on Hazlewood's face when a length ball to Roy took off to and sailed over a leaping Paine's head for a one-bounce four byes was cause for England concern, but it was Tye who claimed venue's first ever wicket when Roy departed one short of a half-century.
After Bairstow chopped on to give Starc a belated first scalp and both Alex Hales (35) and skipper Eoin Morgan (3) were caught off short balls from the impressive Mitch Marsh (2-24 off seven), England were 4-157 just after the halfway mark.
Cross-batted strokes proved tricky – Root doubled over in pain after he was early on an attempted pull off Tye – and while England went seven overs without a boundary, the Test skipper steered the tourists in a largely risk-free knock.
Touted as the fulcrum of an England side featuring aggressors nearly all the way down their batting order, Root lived up to his billing as the likes of Jos Buttler (21), Moeen Ali (6) – both caught off Tye – and Adil Rashid – spectacularly run-out by Smith at backward point for 12 – failed to make hay down the other end.
In all, England lost 6-67 from the last 12.5 overs of their innings, with Tye claiming the final three wickets including Root caught at long-on off a knuckle ball.
The sharpness of Austraila's fielding, headlined by Smith's run-out and numerous smart catches, perhaps only became obvious when Bairstow at first slip put down a simple chance off Travis Head just 10 balls into the home side's reply.
Curran, the unlucky bowler, was rewarded when he clean bowled David Warner in his next over as he spearheaded an England attack missing arguably their three best white-ball quicks (Mark Wood and Chris Woakes were rested for this game while Liam Plunkett remains injured).
While he might have culpable for Head's run-out by Morgan, Stoinis continued his strong form in passing 50 for the third time this series.
Australia had managed a collective tally of 61 from their first drops (Smith for ODIs one and two, White for the third and fourth) and Stoinis gave a strong indication he could be a long-term solution for the spot.
Stoinis struck four sixes, the biggest of which flew high into the second deck of the southern end and registered a monstrous 119 metres on Channel Nine's scale.
Smith meanwhile, after surviving a close stumping chance off leggie Adil Rashid, wasn't as fortunate when he missed another off Moeen, as Buttler whipped off the bails to seal the 28-year-old's fourth dismissal to spin this series.
When Moeen snagged Marsh with a terrific reflex return catch, the England allrounder as surprised as any the ball had somehow lodged between his thumb and index finger, the stage was set for the recalled Glenn Maxwell at 4-133.
He and Stoinis took Australia to within 70 of their target, but the latter's dismissal – well caught on the long-on fence off Rashid – triggered a game-defining collapse of 3-3 and then 4-13.
Paine and Adam Zampa edged the hosts closer with a 33-run eighth wicket stand but Curran returned at the death and clean bowled both to leave Australia again licking their wounds as next year’s World Cup nears.
Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith (c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Curran, Jake Ball
2017-18 International Fixtures
Gillette ODI Series v England
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
First ODI England won by five wickets at the MCG
Second ODI England won by four wickets at the Gabba
Third ODI England won by 16 runs at the SCG
Fifth ODI Egland won by 12 runs
Prime Minister's XI
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Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series
Australia T20 squad: David Warner (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.
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Second T20I Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Tickets
Third T20I Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Tickets
Fourth T20I NZ v England, Wellington, February 14
Fifth T20I NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16
Sixth T20I NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18
Final TBC, Eden Park, February 21