Andrew Flintoff's impressive century and a handful of late wickets at Trent Bridge left world number ones Australia facing the 'ultimate challenge' in their quest to retain the Ashes.
Australia resume the fourth Test match this morning on 99 for five, a distant 378 runs in arrears, after England?s most dominant day of the series.
It is a situation which Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist concedes his team are not accustomed to but one which they must counter if they are not to slip 2-1 behind with one to play.
He said: ?England are doing to us what we have done to other teams over a number of years. We haven?t come out of it very well so far, we have hung in there and again we are under pressure. Mentally it is a different area for us to be in and that is pretty taxing but we will keep fighting.
?We certainly didn?t under-estimate England but they have continued to show the world, not just us, that they are a very good and very dangerous cricket team at the top of their game.?
Gilchrist has struggled to replicate his outstanding return over six years. He said: ?I have probably not faced an attack in the form they are in as a group, working together and hunting as a pack. We have had some pretty special bowlers up against us over the years but all round this is a big challenge for us.?
Australia?s Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn were given out leg-before despite appearing to get inside edges while Michael Clarke fell moments before the scheduled close.
Matthew Hoggard took three wickets and Flintoff said: ?We have different bowl-ers for different conditions and probably this one suited Hoggy more than the others. The ball has swung and he?s put it in the right areas. Different people get wickets at different times and I think that?s the good thing about the bowling attack.?
Flintoff, who scored 102, and Jones (85) shared 177 runs for the sixth wicket, the biggest stand of this summer?s campaign for either side.
Flintoff?s fifth Test century, as good an innings as he has produced, was met with a muted celebration which contrasted sharply to the reaction of the 15,500 crowd.
He said: ?I tend to stick my bat up and take my helmet off and grin. It?s probably afterwards in my hotel room or at dinner that I will have a big smile, punch the air and say ?get in there?. I feel I?m getting into some sort of form after I struggled early on in the series.
?At Edgbaston I went out there ultra-positive and hit the ball well and at Old Traf-ford something clicked when I got that 40-odd. I managed to get my feet in the right positions again and played more like a batsman and I think that showed today.?
A four-day family break in France had also helped the 27-year-old Lancastrian. He said: ?I got away from the Ashes for a few days. Around Manchester it?s pretty tricky to do that so I went to France - they?re not bothered about the Ashes there!?