There was a heavy stench of déjà vu about the second one-day international at the Gabba after Aaron Finch struck another hundred only for England’s bowlers to apply a late-innings clamp.
Once again the breaking of a threatening fourth-wicket stand between Finch and Mitchell Marsh drew the sting out of the innings, replicating the events of the stunning win for Eoin Morgan’s men at the MCG.
In Melbourne both succumbed within the space of a dozen deliveries after sharing 118 runs. Here it was two wickets in five following 85 runs between the pair.
Aaron Finch hit another hundred as Australia posted 271 in the second one-day international
First, Marsh ran past a delivery from Adil Rashid and was so far out of his ground that wicketkeeper Jos Buttler had two swishes at the bails.
Then, Finch began the first ball of the final powerplay by driving low to mid-on and provide Liam Plunkett with his 100th ODI wicket.
This time they were dismissed the other way round but the loss of impetus proved even more dramatic when Rashid’s wicket-taking ability accounted for the dangerous Marcus Stoinis for