The NatWest Series
England 220 (A J Strauss 63, B Lee 5-49) v Australia 221-3 (M J Clarke 62 no, T D Paine 51)
Australia beat England by 7 wkts
England's miserable one-day form continued as Australia chased down a target of 221 for a series-clinching victory in the fourth one-day international.
Tim Paine and Michael Clarke hit half-centuries to ease the tourists to a seven-wicket triumph with 38 balls to spare, their fourth straight win in the seven-match NatWest Series.
It was another forlorn display from England, who collapsed from 96-1 to 220 all out after opting to bat first in blameless conditions at Lord's.
Brett Lee was the chief destroyer, recording figures of 5-49 as the home batsmen had no answer to his searing pace.
Rookie opener Paine, making just his fifth one-day international appearance, set the tone of Australia's pursuit with a composed 51 off 62 balls at the top of the order.
He shared half-century stands with Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting for the first and second wickets respectively as England - without rested duo James Anderson and Paul Collingwood - looked short of inspiration.
Tim Bresnan did at least account for Watson, given out lbw aiming into the leg-side for 26, to end an opening partnership of 51 in the 10th over.
But Ponting - returning to lead the side after being rested for the first three games - helped Paine add 57 in untroubled fashion.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid (1-56) had Paine caught behind off a top-edged sweep for 51 and Ponting holed out to cover off Bresnan (2-41) two short of his half-century, but Clarke and Callum Ferguson completed the job without further alarm.
Clarke, batting at number four, finished unbeaten on 62 from 81 balls, while Ferguson was 23 not out.
Lee had earlier run riot as England were skittled for 220 in 46.3 overs despite a promising start.
Lee removed Joe Denly, one of three changes to the starting XI, with the new ball but Andrew Strauss and Ravi Bopara shared a half-century partnership for the second wicket.
The introduction of Nathan Hauritz's off-spin in the 15th over slowed the scoring rate and was the start of a spectacular reversal in England's fortunes.
Hauritz (2-23) trapped Bopara lbw for 26 in the 19th over to end a second-wicket stand of 67 and followed up with the prize scalp of Strauss.
The England captain had reached 63, the same score he made during his side's six-wicket defeat at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, when he top edged a sweep to Nathan Bracken at short third-man.
Strauss' dismissal reduced England to 111-3 just prior to the mid-point of the innings and left Owais Shah and Matt Prior to rebuild.
Lee, however, had other ideas and changed the complexion of the contest for good when he was brought back on for the 33rd over.
The New South Welshman yorked Matt Prior (29) with his first ball back and, with job done, was taken off again following his wicket maiden.
He then switched to the pavilion end for the third powerplay, taken by England on 179-5 at the start of the 42nd over.
Bowling fast and straight, the 32-year-old rushed through Luke Wright (12), Stuart Broad (2) and Rashid (4) in a clinical spell.
Shah attempted to counter-attack with some power hitting but that came to its end, to his incredulity, when he swung a waist-high full toss from Watson to midwicket.
Although he hung around in anticipation that umpires Nigel Llong or Asad Rauf would call it a no-ball, Shah had to depart for 39, and England were once again below par with the bat.
The NatWest Series continues with the fifth instalment at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.