Leeds: England made a poor start to the fourth test as they were dismissed for just 102 runs in the first innings.
In response Australia were 196 for four at the close of the eventful fourth day at Headingley. Aussies now has a lead of 94 runs with six wickets in hand.
Ponting lead the Australian charge with a superb 78. Ponting and Shane Watson shared a stand of 119 runs for the second wicket, which put Australia into the lead,
before both perished in consecutive overs.
Opener Watson was dismissed two balls after registering his third half-century in as many innings when he attempted to whip the ball through the leg side to be lbw to
Graham Onions. Then Ponting was also lbw when he fell over to a delivery which nipped back from Stuart Broad.
When Broad then gained another lbw, from around the wicket this time against Michael Hussey, Australia had lost three for 18 runs.
England's first success came in Steve Harmison's first over back in Test cricket since the winter, when Simon Katich was held at leg-gully from a delivery of extra
England had earlier capitulated on an opening day immersed in chaos in the build-up and which transferred onto the field.
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff was ruled out this morning as anticipated and wicketkeeper Matt Prior provided a major injury scare when he suffered a back spasm in
Prior was passed fit after the toss was delayed by 10 minutes but only he and Alastair Cook reached double figures in an indisciplined batting display.
England were shot out for 102 with eight of the dismissals caught by either recalled wicketkeeper Brad Haddin or the enhanced slip cordon.