But Finch reached his ninth ODI century - his fourth against England - and Marsh (50) posted his 10th half century in a partnership which first restored the balance, then gave Australia the upper hand. Though Australia dominated England in Tests, this will be a complete different ball game.
England's top order in limited overs cricket had their own problems against the West Indies before the Ashes. If they can put the disappointment of the Test series away, they can be very dangeroud against Australia.
Jonathan Agnew, the BBC cricket correspondent and former England pace bowler, feels that a poor one-day series and defeat in the forthcoming two-Test tour to New Zealand would end "a really bad winter for English cricket".
They have a better record than any other team since the last World Cup winning 34 of 53 matches.
0930 hrs IST: 50 up for Australia in the 10th over.
Finch survived a third umpire review on an LBW appeal from the bowling of Rashid, and Ali also dropped a tough caught-and-bowled chance when the right-hander was at 61.
Finch's innings ensured Australia had a decent platform from which to launch in the closing overs.
Steve Smith shakes hands with Joe Root after England defeated Australia in their ODI played at the MCG
He had gone on to 60 when he scooped a delivery from Chris Woakes to Joe Root at mid-off, ending his 80-run partnership with Tim Paine (27) and costing Australia late innings momentum. A attractive drive from Finch through mid-on to get four! These days, with the ODI format the No.1 priority for embattled coach Trevor Bayliss ahead of a home World Cup next year, England oozes with firepower particularly in the batting even without the services of suspended superstar all rounder Ben Stokes. Or can they cope up with the absence of Stokes in Australia?
No further clues were given as to the starting XI for the first of five ODI matches, although Morgan did hint that all three openers - Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Alex Hales - could feature.
0815 hrs IST: Big match for England as well.
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Since Bayliss took over in May 2015, England have won only 15 of his 38 Tests in charge (along with 18 losses and five draws).
TODAY'S FORECAST: Rain, temperature drop throughout the day
Saturday isn't expected to see above-freezing temperatures, with a high of only 29 degrees and a low Saturday night of 13. Thursday there will be rain or freezing rain before 4 p.m. then a chance of rain, snow and freezing rain between 4-5 p.m.