If it was the Jason Roy show in the first game, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales came to the party in the second, scoring 60 and 57 respectively.
Jos Butter (42) pressed the accelerator to ease pressure on England, Starc produced a brilliant 38th over where he had Buttler caught behind and three deliveries later, castled Moeen (1) as well. Chris Woakes ensured a smooth finale with a swift 39 not out, while Joe Root added another measure red-inker (46no) to go with his unbeaten 91 at the MCG.
And he said it's time he went on with a big score as Australia attempt to avoid going 3-0 down on Sunday in the five-match series.
Eoin Morgan's 70th ODI as England skipper; most by any England player was a successful outing.
Root had earlier chipped in with two for 31 as Eoin Morgan's inspired decision to use his occasional off-breaks for seven overs struck gold.
Marcus Stoinis 4: A disappointing day for the Aussie all-rounder as he failed to click with both bat and ball.
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One was killed by Afghan security forces and three others are still battling the forces from inside the hotel, he added. The attackers appeared to include suicide bombers, Mr Danish was quoted as saying by Reuters.
South Australia and Adelaide Strikers wicketkeeper/batsman Alex Carey will make his worldwide debut today after Tim Paine has been unable to get over illness.
Even with a target of under 300, England's batsmen stuck to their attacking approach.
Jhye Richardson is a chance to make his global debut.
Yet England have the batting depth to withstand such stumbles.
Left-arm paceman Starc then bowled Moeen with a fearsome yorker to finish with figures of 4-59.
The ICC has its plans to grant more significance to bilateral cricket beyond rankings but they will not come into full force until after the World Cup and in the meantime fans and pundits alike have to fabricate their own narrative to give meaning to these exhibitions beyond keeping the lights burning.
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After just six overs of England's innings, Smith brought on the part-time off-spin of Head, underlining how the hosts had misread the pitch and made a crucial selection error.
A penny for Australia's thoughts, who dropped Adam Zampa, the leg-spinner, for batsman Cameron White.
To someone who didn't watch the match, that equation would suggest Australia's innings fell apart during that period, that they must have lost a cluster of wickets.
It all reflected how Australia are lacking conviction as a one-day side.
"If someone told me 5 years ago I would return to play for England and take 100 ODI wickets I would of (sic) struggled to believe them", tweeted a man who played only two ODIs between July 2007 and June 2015. So that's something they will have to look into.
"I definitely think I have got a lot of room for improvement", he said.
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"It was far from our best performance with the bat, which is exciting in a way as we are 2-0 up in the series and we're still looking for our complete performance as a batting unit. We had to stay cool in the moment and get the job done". England won't be losing sleep over the scrap they had to put in.