At one point, Australia were tottering on 111 runs for 6 wickets and the thought of an England victory on the second day of the third Ashes Test match at Edgbaston in Birmingham looked possible. But Australia's wicket-keeper batsman Peter Nevill came to the rescue and showed a lot of character to help Australia carry a lead of 23 runs at stumps on Day 2 with three wickets remaining.
The Australian batsmen once again suffered against England bowlers, and this time around it was Steve Finn, who used the pitch conditions well, while finishing with figures of five wickets for 45 runs.
Barring David Warner, none of the Australia batsmen got their game right as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Their much famed batting order once again collapsed with Chris Rogers, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke, amongst others, falling for single digit scores.
While most batsmen failed, Warner seemed to be batting on another track, as he played his natural game to full effect, dominating bolwers. England captain Alistair Cook saw the danger and even opted for a defensive field with Warner on strike.
Warner scored a 62-ball 77, which included 10 fours, but the hero of the first innings with the ball for England -- James Anderson -- took the crucial wicket and put England in a commanding position.
Earlier in the day, the England batsmen suffered some early blows, which put them on the backfoot to give Australia some hope of minimising England's lead. However, Moeen Ali, who scored a superb 59 runs, which included 11 hits to the fence, put paid to those hopes.
The innings was even more special as the bowlers from Australia were pumped up after cleaning up the middle order and Moeen came into the batting crease with huge pressure on his shoulders.
Stuart Broad also contributed in the lower order with a gritty 31 runs and the Englishman carried the confidence when he bowled as well. Broad picked up the most important wicket of Chris Rogers.
This set the tone for England as they look set for a victory on the third day of the third Test.