England will need a mammoth 448 runs to halt an Ashes clean sweep after bowling Australia out for 276.
Australia lost 3-21 after lunch with centurion Chris Rogers, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle falling.
Rogers recorded centuries in back to back Test as Australia.The patient left-hander looked at total comfort against a battered English attack as he scored his third Test match century to finish with his highest Test score of 119 before spooning a catch back to Scott Borthwick off the leg-spinner's own bowling.
Harris (13 off 10 balls) and Siddle (four) fell chasing quick runs leaving Nathan Lyon six not out - meaning the Australian No.11 was not dismissed in any of his five innings' this summer.
Borthwick (3-33) took the most wickets, with James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes taking two each.
Rogers resumed the third day on 73 partnering George Bailey. The pair started day three well, combining for 109 before Bailey fell, in what is shaping up as the Tasmania's final Test innings.
He was caught out for 46 at deep square leg by Scott Borthwick after pulling a short ball from Broad.
Bailey's position in the Australian team to tour South Africa in February is uncertain after he failed to make any real mark on the series since making his debut in the first Test.
By contrast, Rogers is now a certain starter to take on the world No.1's as he reached his century from 143 balls. After failing in the first Test, Rogers scored half centuries in the second and third Tests before hitting 116 in front of his home crowd at the MCG to cement himself at the top of the order.
After Bailey's dismissal, Rogers was joined at the crease by the inform Brad Haddin who looked to take on the English attack. Haddin, who passed 3000 Test runs, was bowled by leg-spinner Borthwick, for 28 as he aimed for back to back boundaries.
Johnson's stay was short-lived, making four off three balls before being bowled by Ben Stokes.
The sold out SCG is awash with pink as part of the annual Jane McGrath day.
- Sydney Morning Herald
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