Alastair Cook's miserable tour of Australia has continued after he failed to survive the opening over of the first one-day international in Melbourne.
Cook won the toss and elected to bat under cloudless skies, but lasted just four balls before edging a low catch to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off Clint McKay. The skipper had already survived a strong lbw appeal from the first ball and his early exit prompted a go-slow from England's batsmen.
England reached the 20-over mark at 75 for three, thanks mostly to Ian Bell's 41 from 56 balls before he was bowled slog sweeping at Xavier Doherty. England's problems came despite Australia resting Ashes man of the series Mitchell Johnson.
Bell had shown signs of fluency, most notably in stroking spinner Glenn Maxwell over the mid-wicket fence, but his top-order partners otherwise appeared still struck by their Ashes malaise. England negotiated, rather than attacked, the initial powerplay as they crawled to 28 for two.
In addition to the early exit of Cook, who did cut away his second ball to the boundary, Joe Root fell for three from 23 balls. The Yorkshireman's graft ended when he incorrectly reviewed after being struck in front by a McKay inswinger.
Bell and Gary Ballance, playing his second ODI, began to display some urgency when Australia introduced spinners Maxwell and Doherty immediately after the powerplay.
Bell reverse paddle swept Doherty to the rope before sending Maxwell into the MCG stands. His growing confidence cost him his wicket, though, when he elected to go after a straight Doherty delivery that crashed into his stumps.
Balance had steadily progressed to 17 alongside Eoin Morgan (seven) - one of four players in the starting XI who were not a part of the Ashes whitewash. Next men in Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler, as well as Chris Jordan were the others as England sought the first win of a troubled tour.
Jordan's inclusion meant there was no place for Steven Finn, the only England quick not to play in the Ashes. The tourists therefore fielded an inexperience all-seam bowling attack - in which Tim Bresnan's 76 England caps were clearly the most.
None of England's other seamers - Ben Stokes, Boyd Rankin and Jordan - have played more than 10 ODIs for England.