The lead changed hands once more when Hayne’s well-aimed kick allowed Greg Inglis to score, despite the appearance of having knocked on, Thurston adding the goal to make the score 12-10.
A penalty was awarded to the Kangaroos when Gareth Ellis shoulder-barged Thurston, the scrum half converting the penalty for a 14-10 half-time lead.
Both sides went close to opening the second-half scoring but it was England who re-took the lead when Ellis’ pass allowed Burgess to cross beneath the posts, Sinfield converting.
Slater squeezed over from dummy half before Brett Morris touched down a well-placed kick from Thurston, Thurston’s conversion making the score 22-16.
The game was paused for a few minutes when Michael Shenton was knocked out in attempting a tackle, but fortunately the injuries was not as serious as first feared.
Australia ended the game as a contest with two tries in quick succession: first Slater brilliantly knocked a Lockyer kick back into the field of play for Smith to score.
Smith and Lockyer then combined for Slater to score, Thurston converting both tries to open up a 34-16 lead over the now-hapless English.
Hayne touched down a Lockyer kick to the in-goal area before Slater completed his hat-trick, Thurston improving both tries, to round off a well-deserved win.
England – 16
T: Burgess (11, 50); Fox (19)
G: Sinfield (11, 50)
Australia – 46
T: B. Morris (13, 59); Inglis (25); Slater (54, 69, 77); Smith (68); Hayne (73)
G: Thurston (13, 25, 32, 68, 69, 73, 77)
Ref: L. Williamson (NZ)