LONDON - Australia have suffered a humbling 51-49 netball loss to England in London, handing the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.
England recorded just their fourth netball win over Australia, sealing their first ever series win over the world champions.
Despite leading throughout the first two quarters, the Diamonds faced a fired-up opposition after the break who quickly established a four-point margin.
At three-quarter time the home side led 40-37 and the Australians failed to recover.
Despite numerous botched goal shots by England in the dying stages, the red and white held on for victory.
A third Test will be played on Saturday at Birmingham.
England utility Serena Guthrie said her teammates would look to improve on the nation's most historic netball result.
"We went ahead (in the third quarter) but let them into the game, so we have to go back to the drawing board," Guthrie said.
"We definitely want a clean sweep now. We want them thinking about us long and hard for the future."
Australia coach Lisa Alexander said she was gutted and described the match as a "great lesson" for her charges.
"Australia's never lost a series to England. So we have to cop it on the chin and move on," Alexander said.
"...We'll look at the tapes, analyse everything and do it logically. Then I need to build the players back up.
"Because they need confidence, they need to go out there and perform at their best.
"And at the moment they're hurting. They don't want to be a part of the first team to lose a series to England."