With England in dire straits at 119/5 at lunch, it was up to Ian Bell and Matt Prior to stabilise the innings. But Prior didn't get very far in the quest, as in the 46th over, he was clean bowled by Peter Siddle for 12.
England had slumped further to a 145/6 and required an knock of character from Bell and the new batsman Graeme Swann. But Swann was only able to hold out for around 10 overs before he edged a Harris delivery straight to the keeper. The off-spinner was on his way for 11 and England were in deeper distress at 181/7 in 57.1 overs.
Just 3 overs later, Bell's valiant stand of 53 was brought to an end by Harris who had him caught by Aussie captain Ricky Ponting at second slip. The visitors had lost their 8th wicket with 186 on the board, still 82 runs behind Australia's first innings total.
Tailenders Chris Tremlett and James Anderson weren't able to add much to the scoreboard as pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson polished the visitors off for 187 in 62.3 overs. Australia had secured a valuable lead of 81 runs with Johnson taking 6/38 and Harris pitching in with 3/59. Bell had top-scored for England with 53. The two sides will resume battle after tea.