England were 11 for two in their second innings, a deficit of 54 runs, at tea on the second day of the first Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
England captain Alastair Cook was four not out after left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc took two wickets in two balls to remove Joe Root, and Jonathan Trott.
Earlier Thursday, Australia's Ashton Agar fell agonisingly short of becoming the first Test match No 11 to score a century when he was dismissed for 98.
The 19-year-old, making his Test debut, was in sight of three figures when he holed out off Stuart Broad to Graeme Swann at deep midwicket.
His innings was the highest score by a Test match No 11, surpassing Tino Best's 95 for the West Indies against England at Edgbaston last year.
Agar's exit saw Australia dismissed for 280 in reply to Ashes-holders England's first innings 215 -- a first inninga lead of 65 runs.