They person much, overmuch much enactment to bash but England's beleaguered openers person done a bully occupation to past until stumps astatine 0-30 with Zak Crawley 22 not retired and Haseeb Hameed connected eight.
They request 358 further runs for an improbable triumph but Sydney's stormy upwind could assistance their chances of astatine slightest holding connected for a draw.
It was Usman Khawaja's day, however, and we volition bring you much from the duplicate centurion aft helium completes his post-match media duties astatine the SCG.
"To beryllium honorable I'm rather cooked," helium said aft reaching his 2nd ton.
Well, that was a weird infinitesimal arsenic Alex Carey walks to the middle, gets retired archetypal shot to Jack Leach and Pat Cummins summons Usman Khawaja backmost to the dressing country with a declaration.
Again, selfless from Carey - who is trying to cement his spot successful the squad - attempting a expanse and caught down by Ollie Pope.
Australia declared astatine 5-265 with England acceptable the daunting people of 388 to win.
Survival until stumps volition beryllium the lone goal, however.
Khawaja finished with an unbeaten 101 disconnected 138 balls arsenic portion of a 179 tally concern with Cameron Green.
Cameron Green is retired for 74 arsenic his slog expanse disconnected Jack Leach flies precocious and is safely pouched by Joe Root successful the deep.
Selfless from Green arsenic Australia's declaration nears and Alex Carey joins Usman Khawaja successful the middle.
Australia are 5-265 with the pb present 387.
SCG leader Usman Khawaja has conscionable spoken to Fox Cricket during a drinks break.
"To beryllium honorable I'm rather cooked," Khawaja said.
"A surreal moment, I've ne'er got backmost to backmost hundreds successful Sheffield Shield, fto unsocial Test cricket.
"Every 100 I bash a fewer prayers - determination mightiness person been a fewer much this time."
Khawaja was asked if it was his champion infinitesimal successful cricket, but helium pointed retired helium was inactive successful the vigor of battle, and batted backmost the question.
"I've inactive got Woody (Mark Wood) coming down bowling thunderbolts astatine me."
What a peculiar infinitesimal for Usman Khawaja, who has completed centuries successful each innings successful 1 of cricket's large comeback stories astatine the SCG.
Khawaja worked part-timer Dawid Malan for 2 connected the legside earlier erupting successful joyous celebration.
There was nary LeBron James salute this time, however.
Khawaja joins the uncommon institution of Ricky Ponting and Doug Walters arsenic Test batsmen to people tons successful some innings astatine the SCG.
There was a insignificant scare connected 98 erstwhile England reviewed a not retired lbw determination from Mark Wood's bowling but replays showed the shot going good down leg.
Australia are 4-258 with a pb of 380 and a declaration surely imminent.
Cameron Green is 67* and dispatching England's weary bowlers.
Usman Khawaja has thumped Joe Root for six implicit mid-wicket to surge into the 90s.
This innings has travel aft a sound of 137 successful Australia's archetypal dig.
What a crippled the classy left-hander is having!
Young all-rounder Cameron Green has smashed Mark Wood for 4 done mid-wicket to bring up a half-century, pushing Australia's pb up to 358.
That infinitesimal would travel arsenic a immense alleviation for Green, who's impressed with the shot successful the Ashes but struggled with the blade.
First came a beauteous ton and a classy half-century has followed.
Usman Khawaja has continued to radiance connected his Test callback astatine the SCG, reaching a half-century from 86 balls.
The elegant left-hander brought up his 50 with a flourising screen thrust disconnected the bowling of champion speedy Stuart Broad soon aft tea.
Remarkably, Khawaja present has much runs successful the bid than embattled Australia opener Marcus Harris, contempt the information this is his archetypal lucifer and Harris' fourth.
It prompts the question: should Khawaja unfastened with David Warner erstwhile Travis Head returns for the Hobart Test?
"I deliberation he's got to enactment successful the team," said legendary wicketkeeper-batter Adam Gilchrist connected Fox Cricket.
"I emotion a consciousness of loyalty ... The selectors, and peculiarly Justin Langer, person tried to perpetrate Marcus Harris. They've stayed with him and were somewhat repaid astatine the MCG, but Harris would beryllium kicking himself that he's wasted 2 opportunities to convert.
"I deliberation Usman Khawaja has shown present that he's intelligibly successful the top-six champion batters successful Australia."
Jack Leach and Stuart Broad person been fixed the archetypal 2 overs aft tea.
It volition beryllium absorbing to spot however galore runs Australia timepiece up earlier skipper Pat Cummins declares.
Australia person reached beverage astatine 4-149 to beryllium starring by 271, but not earlier England skipper Joe Root amazed Usman Khawaja with a bouncer.
Root, considered amended than a part-time off-spinner, skipped successful from astir the wicket and fto rip a bouncer clocked astatine 93kph.
Khawaja ducked, substitute wicketkeeper Ollie Pope reacted impressively to instrumentality the shot and laughs were had, Root and Khawaja seeing the humorous broadside of the unexpected abbreviated ball.
"It's not often you spot a bouncer and the batter smiles astatine the extremity of it," said erstwhile Test leg-spinner Kerry O'Keeffe connected Fox Cricket.