MELBOURNE - Australia's dream of scoring a 5-0 Ashes sweep remains alive after a dramatic day three of the fourth Test in which England set the home side 231 to win.
The home side will resume on day four today at the MCG on 0-30, requiring a further 201 for victory on a two-paced MCG pitch that has yielded scores of 255, 204 and 179.
Eleven wickets fell on a windy day three in front of a noisy crowd of over 63,000.
If Australia win it would be the ninth-highest successful Test run chase at the MCG and the highest since December 1962.
No Test team has successfully chased a target of over 200 at the MCG in three decades. Drop-in pitches have been used for Tests at the venue since December 2000.
Spinner Nathan Lyon joined the 100-club with a five-wicket haul as England were bowled out for 179 in their second innings.
While tearaway quick Mitchell Johnson grabbed 3-25 off 15 overs to surge to 31 victims for the series and eight for the match, it was Lyon who grabbed centre stage in front of over 63,000 fans at the MCG.
The 26-year-old offspinner claimed 5-50 and moved to second on the series wicket-taking list for Australia with 16.
England lost its last five wickets for six runs as Lyon pounced, with Kevin Pietersen his most important victim for 49.