England captain Eoin Morgan sent out a warning to Australia that his team still have room for improvement after a four-wicket victory in the second ODI at the Gabba.
England's restricted their hosts to 270/9, despite Aaron Finch hitting his second century in as many matches, with the spin trio of Moeen Ali (1/31), Adil Rashid (2/71) and part-timer Joe Root (2/31) accounting for five of the wickets. Then, after Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales hit aggressive half-centuries, it was over to Root (46*) to orchestrate the chase, with Jos Buttler (42) and Chris Woakes (39*) providing important contributions.
"I thought our bowlers were exceptional, especially on a really hot day," said Morgan, who made 21 before being bowled by Mitchell Starc. "They put pressure on the Australia batsmen.
"I'd like to think we can get better but today we were great. It was far from our best performance with the bat and I suppose that's exciting in a way. Hopefully our best is coming at Sydney [in the third ODI on Sunday]. We have a level of trust in the group that someone will put their hand up and do it for us."
Root, who claimed the Player of the Match award for his all-round performance, said his bowling effort came as a nice surprise. "It was enjoyable today," he said. "I didn't think I'd bowl seven overs! It was great to get wickets at the top of the innings. It was nice to finally see the back of him [Steve Smith, who Root trapped lbw for 18]. Hopefully it will continue. Whenever you come off the back of a series loss you want to improve. This is a great example for us as a one-day group. It's really pleasing."
Australia captain Steve Smith admitted his team are falling short of the standards he expects. "Unfortunately, we're not playing good enough ODI cricket at the moment," he said. "We were in a good position at 209/3 but we didn't score enough at the back-end. We just lost a couple of wickets in a row and we just couldn't get the power at the back-end. Our in-batters need to bat for longer."
If England can win at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday it will be their first ODI series win in Australia since 2007.