Australia won the first Test of the series convincingly, rolling England by nine wickets at the Gabba.
And the hosts again find themselves well on top at Adelaide Oval, holding a 282-run lead heading into Day 4 of the second match.
After declaring their first innings on 9-473 the Aussies then bowled England out for 236, with only Joe Root (62) and Dawid Malan (80) putting up a fight for the tourists.
Australia could have enforced the follow-on but captain Steve Smith instead opted to bat again, beginning their second innings under lights and making it to stumps on 1-45.
David Warner was out for 13, leaving Marcus Harris (21) and Michael Neser (2) at the crease to resume batting today.
It was during the final stages of play on Saturday night that England started showing signs of imploding.
Captain Root was caught on camera being visibly frustrated with his bowlers, urging them to pitch the ball up more rather than bowling short.
“It could unravel really badly for England for the rest of this tour,” Australian great Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket.
“Joe Root, I saw frustrations tonight. He’s thinking, ‘how many more things can go wrong? My bowlers aren’t bowling the length I want them to bowl’.
“Even with (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad I think he isn’t happy with the lengths they’re bowling. They’ve got to hold together, they’ve got to get together otherwise they’re going to get beaten four or five-nil.”