Australia want to win one trophy on this tour and it is difficult to see them not succeeding in that regard unless England's composite team of old hands and new faces suddenly finds a joined-up strategy, after they lost the second NatWest Series match by 88 runs.
It was an easy win for Michael Clarke's side - his first against England this summer as captain - after they made 315 for seven batting first, and it gives them a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after the washout in Leeds on Friday. Indeed, England never ever came close to maintaining the required run rate despite a 60 from Kevin Pietersen, back opening the innings, and a frenetic 75 from Jos Buttler as the home team were dismissed for 227 with 34 balls remaining.
Australia's formidable total was their highest 50-over score against England in this country and was founded upon three things - a fine hundred by Clarke, a true pitch, and an England bowling attack compromised by being a frontline bowler light. Clarke has excelled at Old Trafford this summer, Sunday's 105 as majestic in its own context as the 187 he made here in the third Ashes Test. Thoroughly modern in terms of deportment and outlook, Clarke's one-day batting is a throwback to another era. Not for him the big bat and the clearing of the front leg to heave away in search of boundaries.
Apart from his back not being up to it, it would offend his gift for timing and his exquisite use of feet to the spinners, skills underutilised by many of today's batsmen. Well though Clarke batted, England's bowling, Boyd Rankin apart, offered little to inconvenience him or George Bailey, with whom he added 155 runs in 131 balls.
With a new ball used at either end, and punitive new fielding restrictions that allow only four men outside the circle in non-Powerplay overs (it used to be five), you are asking a lot of Ravi Bopara or Ben Stokes to apply the same kind of pressure after the new ball salvo. Stokes, 22, looks like he could do a decent job once he has been coated in a bit more savvy but it is asking a lot for him, or even the impressive Rankin, to be the match of Stuart Broad, James Anderson or Tim Bresnan, which is why another frontline bowler is needed.
Bopara did not bowl badly but with Steve Finn lacking consistency, something borne out by the way he was both driven and pulled, and with James Tredwell attacked as never before in a one-day international, you need another wicket taker rather than someone whose ambition amounts to little more than stemming the flow of runs. Australia's bowling attack comprises four specialists, with Adam Voges and the experienced Shane Watson to provide 10 overs between them.
Their extra threat was immediately apparent and not just because Mitchell Johnson bowled at 93 mph, though that was certainly a factor in Jonathan Trott's dismissal as he fended a throat ball to the wicket-keeper for a first ball duck. The pressure created by Johnson, who also dismissed Michael Carberry, was maintained by the others, something borne out by the amount of boundaries conceded. Australia struck seven sixes (one more than their opponents) and 32 fours (almost double England's 17). Even when Pietersen and Eoin Morgan looked to have eased their team back into contention with a fifty partnership, Australia's persistency won the day.
With neither Stokes nor Tredwell lasting long, Buttler was left to flay solo and he recorded his maiden fifty in 50-over internationals. England will no doubt make out that the milestone will do him good, and it may well do, but unless they address the specialist-shaped hole in their bowling attack, he is going to need to be at full bore for the rest of the series if they are going to make a contest of it.