England stood on the brink of a first Ashes series triumph in Australia for 24 years after reducing the hosts to 213 for seven in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the fifth test on Thursday.
Dominant batting from the tourists saw them score a record 644 for a first-innings lead of 364 before James Anderson, Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett got the ball swinging in the afternoon to wreak havoc among the shell-shocked Australians.
Australia, batting to save themselves from the humiliation of a third innings defeat in the series, have Steve Smith (24) and Peter Siddle (17) at the crease but still trail by 151 runs.
England had already ensured they would retain the Ashes by taking a 2-1 lead in the series in Melbourne last week and just needed just a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground to seal the series triumph.
Image: Australia's Mitchell Johnson is clean bowled during the fourth day of the fifth and final Ashes cricket test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.