But on a tense night at Headquarters it was the Saracens star who proved to be the man for the present.
Farrell landed six of his seven shots at the sticks before limping off with a left ankle injury on 68 minutes.
Allied to Freddie Steward’s early try and a last-ditch effort by super sub Jamie Blamire, it was good enough to extend Jones’ monopoly of the fixture to an eighth straight win since 2016.
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The Wallabies defended for their lives and had two players sin-binned but it was never going to be enough against a resilient if less than clinical England team.
The Red Rose brigade set up with Farrell taking first phase and Marcus Smith second and it reaped an early reward when Steward claimed his first Test try.
Courtney Lawes and Sam Underhill made the hard yards before Farrell and Smith combined to put the young Leicester fullback through a hole.
Steward stepped Kurtley Beale with ease before being mobbed by team mates, but if England hoped it would open the floodgates they were frustrated by their own inaccuracy and superb last-ditch Aussie defence.
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First Smith fed Henry Slade, whose long pass to Jonny May seemed to have try written all over it only for Beale to brilliantly bundle the winger into touch at the corner flag.
Jamie George powered his way over the try line, with Australia a man down, but in the act of touching down Nic White appeared from nowhere to pop the ball loose.
Then Jonny Hill turned the visitors over at a maul on the touchline and was shoved fully 20 metres over the line, only for the never-say-die Aussies to again somehow deny them.
Had the Wallabies been able to hold onto the ball themselves they might have had more to show for their efforts than five James O’Connor penalties.
Instead they had to make do with a rearguard effort, defending heroically when first Tom Wright then Angus Bell were sin-binned.
England’s inability to make their pressure tell bred frustration and it was not until two minutes from time that they finally shook off the Wallabies when substitute Sam Simmonds broke and released Blamire for the try.