England were outclassed by Australia for the second time in a week to leave their hopes of reaching the final of the Trans-Tasman Series in the balance.
The manner of their seven-wicket defeat at the MCG was painfully familiar for anyone who saw their slump in Hobart - a fragile first-innings total reeled in with ease by a vibrant Australian XI crammed with talent from the Big Bash.
The only real difference was of scale, England's 137 for seven falling 18 runs short of their previous losing tally and the haste with which it was knocked off, with 33 balls unused here.
Victory makes it three in three for Australia, who are assured of a place in the Auckland showpiece later this month, leaving England to scrap it out with New Zealand for the remaining berth.
England's day began with captain Eoin Morgan failing a fitness test, the result of a groin injury sustained on the eve of the match.
David Warner sent the tourists in after winning the toss, just as he did in a winning cause in Hobart, and duly brushed aside England's top three inside four overs.
By the time Dawid Malan took on Warner's arm in pursuit of a risky single - a battle he emphatically lost - hope was already beginning to ebb away.
Aside from some woeful running with Vince - only wayward throwing stopped denied Australia a second run out - Buttler perhaps erred too much towards preservation.
With each member of a five-man attack performing their role to a tee, the scoreboard did not tick past 100 until the second ball of the 17th over.
But it was Andrew Tye who provided the sweetest dismissal, bamboozling Vince out the back of the hand and pegging back off stump.
Warner must have eyed the modest target as a chance to play his way into form but his post-Ashes travails against the white ball continued.
For the second time in a row David Willey dismissed him in the first over, a hint of swing proving just enough to take the edge before nestling in Buttler's gloves.
Lynn's blitz did not last, Chris Jordan cramping him on the pull in the sixth over, but the balance of power was fixed.
Maxwell top-edged Jordan to depart for 39 in 26 balls but Short lingered long enough to watch Aaron Finch end things in a rush with successive sixes off Willey.
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