Brad Haddin inflicted more frustration on England as Australia narrowed their first-innings deficit to 51 runs on the third morning of the fourth Test at the MCG.
The hosts were eventually all out for 204, but not until wicketkeeper-batsman Haddin (65) had passed 50 for the fifth time in the series and put on 40 with Nathan Lyon for the last wicket.
Haddin punctured some of England's mid-match momentum, as he and Lyon kept them out in the field for almost three quarters of an hour of a glorious morning and limited their advantage significantly.
There were six fours and a six in Haddin's two-hour half-century, from 59 balls - and Lyon was no silent partner either, mixing in some useful shots and assured defence between the inevitable plays and misses from a number 11.
Finally, though, the short ball worked for James Anderson (four for 67) when he had top-scorer Haddin pulling out of a hook and looping a simple catch to his opposite number Jonny Bairstow.