England were 98 for three at lunch on the fourth day of the first Ashes Test against Australia at the Gabba on Sunday.
Skipper Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 40 with Ian Bell on 20 after Kevin Pietersen was out for 26 just after first drinks.
England need to bat out the last two days after Australia skipper Michael Clarke set the tourists an improbable 561 runs to win.
Three years ago captain Cook frustrated Australian efforts by batting for 10-and-a-half hours with his unconquered 235 as England killed off the match with their 517 for one in the second innings after trailing the home side by 221 runs on the first innings.
England drew that match and went on to win the series 3-1.
Australia have not lost a Test at the Gabba since 1988 and England will have to create Ashes history to win, with their previous highest winning fourth innings score at 332 for seven in Melbourne in 1928.