Batter Jonny Bairstow spared England from humiliation with his counter-attacking century in the Stumps during day three of the Fourth Test, which took place at the SCG.
It was Bairstow’s seventh century in his long career of 80 Tests. England ended the day at 258/7, despite trailing by 158 runs.
Bairstow and Ben Stokes, who played a similarly shrewd half-century, brought their team back to safety after they lost quick wickets.
In the early innings of the day, wicket-keeper Jos Buttler’s woeful form continued when He lost a wicket for a duck.
Opening batsmen Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley were dismissed early, and captain Joe Root and batter Dawid Malan followed shortly.
England was back in the batting position on the 3rd day at 13/0.
On Thursday, Usman Khawaja returned to the throne of England with a stunning century.
Four years after snatching another massive Ashes hundred on the same venue in the same venue as Australia secured a solid grip of the game.
The Pakistani-born Khawaja was playing his first test since the start of the 2019 Ashes match in England with the Covid-isolated Travis Head.
He was at his absolute best, scoring the 137th wicket of 260 balls to give Australia ahead after an announcement of 416-8.