Australia [ Images ] pulled off a spectacular run-chase to win the sixth one-day international against England [ Images ] by two wickets on Wednesday, racking up a record 334 for eight to take a 5-1 lead in the series.
Inspired by under-fire skipper Michael Clarke's [ Images ] 82, the hosts scored their highest tally when batting second in a one-dayer to overhaul England's 333 for six, a record by them against Australia.
Clarke was run out with eight runs needed but John Hastings hit the winning four with a thick inside edge down to fine leg to spark wild celebrations among the Australians in a sparse crowd at the Sydney [ Images ] Cricket Ground.
Jonathan Trott, who struck 102 to help the tourists to their only victory in the series, compiled a superb 137 to drive England to what looked like a winning tally as the home side laboured in the fierce heat of a sweltering day.
Australia, who already held an insurmountable lead in the seven-match series, knew they needed a record score as the heat of the day gave way to a cooler evening.
Shane Watson [ Images ] (51) and Brad Haddin [ Images ] got them off to a blistering start with a stand of 71 in 7.6 overs before the keeper was dismissed for 20, snared by a fine catch by Trott off James Anderson [ Images ].
Clarke promoted Mitchell Johnson [ Images ] to number four in the order and the all-rounder responded with a knock of 57 that included two huge sixes before being stumped by Matt Prior [ Images ] off Kevin Pietersen [ Images ].
Earlier, Prior was involved in controversy when he inadvertently knocked a bail off after taking a ball from spinner Michael Yardy and claimed Johnson had been bowled.
Watson kept up his good form with another half-century while Callum Ferguson produced a bright 46 but it was a sixth-wicket partnership of 90 between David Hussey [ Images ] and Clarke that drove the hosts towards victory.
Clarke, who was booed on to the pitch in the last one-dayer in Brisbane [ Images ], compiled his 45th one-day half century, and his second in two matches, while Hussey added 38 as Australia eclipsed their previous best 330 for seven against South Africa [ Images ] in 2001-02.
England had also started briskly and kept up the pace after Johnson bowled Prior off his pads for 18, bringing Trott to the wicket.
The 29-year-old, who survived an lbw appeal on 82 courtesy of a television review, picked up his third century in one-dayers before being caught and bowled by Shaun Tait [ Images ] from the penultimate ball of the innings.
The final match takes place in Perth on Sunday.