England bounced back from their humiliating defeat to Scotland with a three-wicket victory over an under-par Australia in the opening one-day international at the Oval.
Eoin Morgan's side came up six runs short in Edinburgh on Sunday and were roundly criticised for not getting over the line against an associate member.
It looked like their issues with the bat might continue on Wednesday as they lost early wickets in pursuit of their 215-run target – Glenn Maxwell having been the only Australian batsman to fire.
However, the two skippers within England's side - Morgan and Test captain Joe Root – steered the hosts towards victory with a fourth-wicket partnership of 115.
Neither was able to complete the job but Moeen Ali and David Willey ensured the hosts finished 218-7 to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
It could have all been so different had Australia capitalised on the early wickets of Jason Roy (0) and Alex Hales (5), the pair managing five runs between them as England slipped to 23-2.
The normally reliable Jonny Bairstow (28) could not repeat his century against Scotland as he fell to Kane Richardson (1-49), a short delivery pulled straight to Travis Head at square leg.
Morgan (69) and Root (50) quickly steadied the ship, though, to put any question of successive limited-over defeats to bed.
Both captains played with composure and brought up valuable half centuries as Australia's early momentum waned, Morgan particularly ruthless at finding the boundary with 11 fours.
A mini collapse saw both men – and the dangerous Jos Buttler (9) – depart in the space of three overs, England losing three wickets for 10 runs as Andrew Tye (2-42) enjoyed some success.
Ali (17) and Willey completed the job, though, with the latter finishing unbeaten on 35 - which included a huge six over long-on to secure victory.
Finished with a six! England win by three wickets!— ICC (@ICC) June 13, 2018
It got a bit close in the end, but having bowled out Australia for 214, half-centuries from Joe Root and Eoin Morgan and 35* from David Willey were enough to see them home.#ENGvAUS SCORECARD https://t.co/DwxugvD08I pic.twitter.com/1dfUcv7dI1
Defeat will leave Australia contemplating what might have been, the tourists toothless with the bat at times as England exposed their shortcomings.
Three wickets in 4.1 overs for Ali (3-43) accounted for Aaron Finch (19), Shaun Marsh (24) and Paine (12) as Australia failed to build on promising starts.
Only Maxwell and Ashton Agar (40) showed any real resistance, the former thrashing 62 off 64 balls coming in at number six.
It was too little, too late, though, as Australia crumbled to their second-lowest total when batting first since the 2015 World Cup – not the start Justin Langer will have wanted at the beginning of their new era.
|Best backs Schmidt to lead Lions in 2021|
|Barcelona´s Vermaelen out for a month with calf injury|
|India lose Shaw for Australia tour as defeat looms in Perth|
|We didn´t have much luck - Nedved dismayed by Atletico tie|
|Manchester City must control Schalke, Begiristain warns|
|Ibrahimovic hints at LA Galaxy stay|
|Latham fills his boots in Wellington with record-breaking knock|
|I´m not thinking ´thank God it´s Bayern´ – Klopp|
|Luis Garcia and Steve McManaman confident of Liverpool progress|
|Arsenal face BATE as Chelsea get Malmo in Europa League|
|Europa League last 32: Draw in full|
|Irwin urges Mourinho turnaround before PSG Champions League clash|
|Rush backs German Klopp to see off Bayern|
|Hope shines as West Indies blitz Bangladesh in Sylhet|
|United and PSG set for Champions League showdown|
|Ajax star De Ligt delighted to join Golden Boy alumni|
|Champions League last 16: Draw in full|
|Lyon strikes to put Australia on course for victory in Perth|
|Mourinho´s players below Manchester United standards, says Giggs|
|We´ve got to find a way to get better in a hurry - McVay challenges spluttering Rams|
|Van Dijk hails ´game-changer´ Shaqiri for downing Man United|
|LeBron praises magical Wall as Lakers fall flat on the road|
|Champions League last 16: Who could get who in Monday´s draw?|
|Pochettino urges fans to ´kill´ racism ahead of EFL Cup derby|
|Ajax star De Ligt wins Golden Boy award|
|Foles fuels Eagles´ upset win over Rams|
|Latham carries bat as New Zealand leave Sri Lanka reeling|
|Keep your cool, Virat – Paine and Kohli in another confrontation|
|Depleted Nuggets complete season sweep of Raptors|
|Fabinho was ´outstanding´, says Klopp|
|Patriots QB Brady on loss to Steelers: We aren´t playing well enough to win|
|Elliott says Cowboys´ shut-out loss to Colts was embarrassing|
|De Bruyne not worried about Liverpool title challenge|
|Sixers star Simmons makes history with triple-double|
|WATCH: Nowitzki receives standing ovation in first home game of season|
|Seattle´s playoff spot on hold after Seahawks suffer OT loss to 49ers|
|Cheika survives as Wallabies coach, Johnson appointed|
|Vikings remain in NFC playoff picture|
|Steelers stay ahead as Patriots lose AFC´s second seed|
|Lionel Messi is the best, says Amor|
|I´m still tired just looking at Robertson – Mourinho in awe of Liverpool intensity|
|Casillas takes swipe at Mourinho after United lose to Liverpool|
|Valverde relieved as Messi brilliance prevents another Levante nightmare|
|WATCH: Leno proposes to girlfriend after Bears clinch division title|
|Messi and Suarez the world´s best strike partnership, says Pique|
|Klopp: I cannot keep every Liverpool player happy|
|Messi and Suarez outscoring Real Madrid and Atletico in LaLiga|
|Levante 0 Barcelona 5: Marvellous Messi banishes ghosts of last season|
|Colts rout Cowboys to keep playoff hopes alive|
|Bears shake off Packers to win NFC North and return to playoffs|
|Mourinho explains Pogba omission and defends Lukaku´s Liverpool showing|
|Liverpool´s display against Manchester United one of the best, claims Klopp|
|Look away Jose! Damning stats expose Manchester United´s limp Liverpool loss|
|Time´s up, Mourinho: Manchester United can dither no longer|
|Manchester United´s players are not dishonest – Mourinho|
|Manchester United´s lack of ambition under Mourinho is scary – Keane|
|Mourinho: All Manchester United can achieve is fourth|
|Quagliarella should be protected by UNESCO, jokes Sampdoria coach|
|Manchester United surpass last season´s goals-against tally in first 17 games|
|Hasenhuttl revels in ´unbelievable´ victory over Arsenal|
|Liverpool 3 Manchester United 1: Shaqiri´s late show bails out Alisson as Reds return to the top|
|Edinburgh in control in Champions Cup, Racing win again|
|Emery ponders January signing after Bellerin injury|
|It is only a knock – Sarri plays down Hazard injury fears|
|Redskins QB Alex Smith released from hospital|
|Starc: If I listen to Warne, I may as well retire|
|Curry interviews retired NASA astronaut, apologises for moon comments|
|Hazard refusing to give up on Premier League title hopes|
|Ziyech & Blind score hat-tricks as Ajax claim 8-0 win|
|Canelo v Fielding: What next for three-weight champion Alvarez?|