They survived day two but are set for total meltdown in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
Australia are staring down the barrel of a three-day defeat after a rejuvenated Steve Finn ripped through the middle order to reduce the tourists to 7-167 – a lead of just 22 runs.
Finn took 5-54 in his first Test in two years as the tourists’ top-order batting line-up once again crumbled with only David Warner, who scored 77, making a meaningful contribution with the bat.
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Peter Nevill has played cautiously for 37 not out off 117 deliveries at the close with Mitchell Starc, who is seven not out, also at the crease.