James Anderson refused to take aim at England's batsmen after another top-order collapse left the tourists staring down the barrel of another Ashes defeat.
The 39-year-old enjoyed a mercurial day with the ball, taking 4-33 in his 23 overs, including 10 maidens, as Australia were bowled out for 267.
That gave them a lead of 82, and faced with the difficult prospect of having to bat last on a lively surface, but any hopes of an England fightback were duly blown away in 12 hours of batting.
Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan and night-watchman Jack Leach all perished to leave the tourists 31-4, still 52 behind, and in dire need of middle order rearguard on day three to have any hope of keeping the series alive.
Captain Joe Root had been critical of his bowlers after the previous match, suggesting they did not bowl attacking lengths often enough, but the overwhelming problem has been the glaring paucity of runs.
Despite that, Anderson was clear that the adversity would be faced as one group.
“We knew that the last 12 overs would be tough with the new ball but, even so, to lose four wickets was really disappointing,” he said at the close.
“But it’s dangerous as a bowler to talk about our batting. We’re a team here. All I can see from the batting group is how hard they are working to put things right. It can be difficult. I don’t want to get into a bowlers versus batters thing.
“We’re all working hard to try and put in much better performances. We haven’t bowled great in the first two games but today we put in a much better performance."
Anderson was able to take some satisfaction from his haul, his best work of the series to date after being left out in Brisbane and falling short of his best in the day-night match in Adelaide.
“It’s definitely the best I’ve bowled out here since 2010,” he said.
“I got into a really good rhythm and felt like I was challenging with every ball. There was a spell late in the first session when I felt like I was going to get a wicket every ball.
"It’s just nice to get some wickets when you’re in that sort of rhythm because it doesn’t happen all the time.”
Anderson's haul raised his tally of test wickets to 639, with only Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan taking more.
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