Australia's total of 270-9 from their 50 overs after they won the toss and chose to bat would have been a good one in days of yore, but it is the modern equivalent of a total more befitting the days of snore.
Both reached their half-centuries in style - and within an over of each other - Bairstow by launching Starc back over his head for a one-bounce four and Hales by depositing Finch into the crowd at wide long-on.
Steve Smith expects to continue hearing the calls for Nathan Lyon's return to white ball cricket amid Australia's worst 10-game span in one-day global history. We were in a good position at 3 for 209 with 11 overs to go and we only scored 60 with seven wickets in hand.
Yet England have the batting depth to withstand such stumbles.
"I thought our bowlers were exceptional".
With Paine being selected in the current one day series at the expense of Matthew Wade, and being the incumbent Twenty20 'keeper, he is clearly the first choice in all three formats for the national team. "We've got to play some better cricket".
"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".More news: Google Denies It's Launching Optimized Google Maps for China
Two months later Alex Hales smashed 171 against Pakistan to set a new mark, then Roy raised the bar again on Sunday at Melbourne with his match-winning 180 to put England one up in the five-match series against the Aussies.
Alex Carey - 6/10 - Swept well off Rashid and batted impressively during a high-tempo 27 on debut before White called him through for a risky run and Woakes ran him out.
"If I go out and perform then I'll help the selectors make the decision". The burly opener looked like he was leading Australia to a score well past 300 but his dismissal, soon after that of Mitchell Marsh (36), ensured England were able to keep the Australian scoring under control.
Eoin Morgan - 5/10 - Hit one brilliant six and a couple of fours during useful cameo of 21 before chopping on tamely when Starc returned to the attack. Moeen Ali had Warner caught at slip, bringing Steven Smith to the crease.
Steve Smith 5: The Australian skipper also got off to a decent start but he was undone by the part-time off-spin of Joe Root to be trapped plumb on the pads for just 18. Just when Australia desperately needed a push on, Finch holed out to mid on in the 41st over but that came after Marsh was stumped off Adil Rashid (2-71). Went wicketless at just over run-a-ball as Australia's openers took a liking to his pace.
The veteran struggled to find his touch early though and was becoming increasingly aggressive in his search for runs when he attempted a risky single following a miscued shot to a Woakes delivery, which had only travelled a short distance from his stumps.
Jason Roy (2) could not repeat his heroics from the previous game as he was caught at mid-wicket in the fourth delivery of the innings from Mitchell Starc (4-59).
The series moves to Sydney for the third match on Sunday.