England on the back foot in first game of Ashes series.
Australia has taken honours again in all sessions on day three at the Gabba to have them in the box seat to win the first match of the summer.
England finished the day at 24-2 in their second innings, a massive 537 runs still needed for victory after Australia rammed home their advantage.
David Warner and captain Michael Clarke starred with the bat with the pair scoring a century each, as they blasted the England attack to all parts of the ground.
Earlier in the final session, George Bailey (34) was bowled by Graeme Swann after he simply played down the wrong line, handing the off-spinner his his 250th Test wicket.
Swann became the fastest man to reach the milestone after his debut in Test cricket history, as the score became 305-6 in Australia’s second innings.
England elected to take the new ball as soon as possible, in a sign Alastair Cook wanted to still take the fight to the Australian lower-order.
However, with the fast bowlers being brought back into the attack, the new ball traveled faster off the bat, as Brad Haddin cut James Anderson high over the slip for a boundary on ball one.
Cook spread the field for Haddin and Mitchell Johnson, who were able to work the ball around if the big shot was not on as the lead hit 500.
Only eight times has 500 has been chased down in first-class cricket, again putting doubt into England’s chances of victory at the Gabba.
Haddin and Johnson showed signs of their first innings partnership, as they combined heaves, smashing shots down the ground with miscues and quick singles.
In a shot that summed by England’s day, Johnson looked to clear the mid-on boundary again, but his skied shot fell perfectly in between Anderson and Ian Bell as they rushed from different directions to try and take the seventh wicket of the innings.
Haddin was eventually dismissed for 53 after he belted a flat-bat shot to Anderson at mid-off as the score became 395-7, with the lead 554.
However, Michael Clarke did not wave for his troops to come in as Peter Siddle strode to the crease to, hopefully, pile on the runs.
But in a quick change of heart the Australian skipper did not wait much longer, as he declared with his side on 401-7 in their second innings, setting the English side a mammoth 561 for victory.
As if England’s Test could get any worse, Michael Carberry was dismissed for a 14-ball duck, after he blocked a ball from Ryan Harris, only to see it bounce between his legs and back onto the stumps as the score became 1-1.
England’s hopes took a further hit as Jonathan Trott again fell victim to a short ball, as Johnson got his man after the Englishman picked out the man perfectly at deep square-leg.
Cook and Kevin Pietersen survived until the close of play as they face a massive job in front of them over days four and five.