Steve Smith's century guided Australia to a ?-wicket win over England to reach the tri-nation series final.
Stand-in captain Steve Smith again led by example as Australia pulled off a huge run chase to beat England by three wickets and reach the tri-nation series final.
Ian Bell's sublime 141 ensured he became England's highest run-scorer in one-day international cricket and Joe Root made a fine 69 in a daunting total of 303-8 in Hobart on Friday.
Bell's highest ODI score proved to be in vain, though, as Smith - replacing the suspended George Bailey as skipper - made an outstanding 102 not out from 95 balls to complete the second-highest run chase in an ODI at the Bellerive Oval with a ball to spare.
Smith has thrived on the responsibility of being made Test captain in the absence of the injury Michael Clarke and he never looked trouble as Australia made in three tri-nations wins out of three.
The in-form right-hander's sixth-wicket partnership of 81 with Brad Haddin (42 from 29 deliveries) denied England, who could have taken a major stride towards the final with a victory but were left to rue making only 59 runs from their last 10 overs.
It seemed Smith may rue his decision to bowl first, but Aaron Finch (32) and Shaun Marsh (45) got Australia off to a flying start to their run chase in the absence of David Warner.
Moeen Ali (2-50) got the breakthrough when he bowled Finch and the hosts were reduced to 92-3 when Steven Finn, full of confidence after his five-wicket haul in the thrashing of India, dismissed Marsh and Cameron White (zero).
Glenn Maxwell (37) got a start before becoming Ali's second victim, and when Chris Woakes (2-58) got rid of James Faulkner (35) England looked set for victory as Australia needed 88 from 76 balls.
Smith was in ominous form, though, manoeuvring the ball around the ground with ease in an impressive knock that included a six and four boundaries, while the dangerous Haddin took a positive approach as the game went away from England.
When Haddin departed in the 48th over the game was all-but won, with Smith having brought up his century, and although Australia made hard work of it as Moises Henriques (four) was run out in the final over, it was left to Mitchell Starc to hit the winning runs.
Bell had earlier maintained his fine form by scoring his fourth ODI ton after putting on 113 with Moeen for the first wicket, before the latter was dismissed by Faulkner (1-59).
Henriques then got rid of James Taylor (five) to reduce England to 132-2 in the 23rd over, but Bell and Root then took charge as the Australia bowlers toiled.
The elegant Bell brought up his century from just 92 balls in the 31st over before Gurinder Sandhu (2-49) finally dismissed him in the 42nd over.
England then totally lost their way, with captain Eoin Morgan out first ball and Root departing before a further three wickets fell and runs proved to be hard to come by.
That end-of-innings collapse proved to be costly, as England suffered their second defeat to Australia in the tournament in what was a landmark game for James Anderson - who passed Alec Stewart's record of 303 appearances to become his country's most capped player in all formats combined.