Nathan Lyon was one of three Australia bowlers to take three wickets on day two as England were all out for 258.
After a washout on day one, the Aussies won the toss and elected to field. And they managed to bowl the hosts out, before closing the day on 30-1.
Lyon said: “Definitely I don’t think we have had our best day, we dropped a few catches but if we are batting at the end of the day we are pretty happy.
“We want to be a team that no matter what we do first we are competing and playing a positive brand of cricket.”
England star Jofra Archer had been backed by Joe Root to impress having been handed his first Test appearance.
And Archer snared his first wicket on the morning of day three, trapping Cameron Bancroft lbw. But that only brought Steve Smith to the crease.
Though Usman Khawaja fell in the next over for 36, edging Chris Woakes behind.
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Story of Day Two
Play got underway on time with Australia winning the toss and electing to field.
Josh Hazlewood dismissed Jason Roy for a duck with Joe Root also going cheaply.
Rory Burns impressed again with a half-century while Jonny Bairstow also raised his bat for 50.
Joe Denly and Chris Woakes both got solid starts without going on as England were all out for 258.
Stuart Broad then got an early breakthrough for England, clean bowling David Warner.
But Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja saw Australia through with Archer wicketless from his first six overs in Test cricket.
Story of Day One
Rain washed out the entire day though there had been some glimmer of hope when the umpires inspected and ordered the toss.
The rain came back but not before Jofra Archer had been handed his cap by Chris Jordan.