England are facing another first innings deficit at the end of Day 2 of the third Ashes Test in Perth.
After dismissing Australia for 385, the tourists were reduced to 180-4 at stumps at the WACA.
|Australia 1st Inns: 385 (103.3 Ov)|
|SPD Smith||c †Prior b Anderson||111||295||208|
|MG Johnson||c †Prior b Broad||39||78||62|
|PM Siddle||c †Prior b Bresnan||21||78||36|
|RJ Harris||c Root b Anderson||12||22||19|
|NM Lyon||not out||17||40||25|
|Extras||(lb 6, w 3, nb 1)||10|
|England 1st Inns: 180-4 (68 Ov)|
|AN Cook*||c Warner b Lyon||72||153|
|MA Carberry||b Harris||43||76|
|JE Root||c †Haddin b Watson||4||16|
|KP Pietersen||c Johnson b Siddle||19||59|
|IR Bell||not out||9||62|
|BA Stokes||not out||14||43|
|Extras||(b 6, lb 7, w 5, nb 1)||19|
England trailed by 159 and 398 runs, batting second, after the first innings of the opening two Tests where they were soundly beaten.
The visitors did enjoy their highest opening partnership of the series and the score had reached 85 before Michael Carberry played on to Ryan Harris for the second time this winter after making 43.
Joe Root swiftly followed for four in controversial circumstances, given out caught behind off Shane Watson, although DRS was inconclusive as to whether there was an edge when the Yorkshire batsman reviewed.
The on-field decision stood and England had been becalmed, moving from their lunchtime 24 without loss to just 91-2 at tea.
Alastair Cook had passed a milestone en route to 72 in his 100th Test before he cut Nathan Lyon in the air to David Warner at point and England were 136-3.
19 - Alastair Cook needs 19 runs to join Hammond and Cowdrey as the only English players to hit 4,000 Test runs overseas. Adaptable. #Ashes— OptaJim (@OptaJim) December 14, 2013
Kevin Pietersen passed 8,000 runs in Test cricket before falling to Peter Siddle for the 10th time in his career, with Mitchell Johnson athletically plucking an attempted pull out of the sky at mid-on.
Fewest inngs to 8000 Test runs for Eng 176 Kevin Pietersen 189 G Gooch 190 G Boycott 195 D Gower 221 A Stewart Record: 152 Sangakkara #Ashes— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 14, 2013
Pietersen had battled hard to reach 19, and Ian Bell and Ben Stokes were similarly circumspect in their approach as England reached the close without further loss but still 205 runs in arrears.
Earlier, England picked up the final four home first innings wickets for 59 runs.
Resuming on 329-6, Mitchell Johnson was caught behind off Stuart Broad for no addition to his overnight 39 and centurion Steve Smith then quickly departed for 101 with again Matt Prior taking the catch, this time off James Anderson.
Anderson then had Ryan Harris caught in the gully by Joe Root for 12 before Tim Bresnan finally picked up his first wicket of the innings, having Peter Siddle caught behind for 21.