Joe Root demonstrated his prowess with ball as well as bat by picking up the important wickets of Michael Clarke and Usman Khawaja, while both Tim Bresnan and James Anderson chipped in with a couple of wickets apiece.
However, the honours have to go to Graeme Swann who finished the day with figures of 4-78 to go with his five-for in Australia's first innings.
After Anderson had got the ball rolling, it was Swann who made real early inroads for the hosts, bowling Chris Rogers and then trapping Phil Hughes leg before as he made the most of a pitch offering plenty of spin.
Having been forced off the field after an accidental and rather amusing clash with Khawaja, Swann returned to capture Australia's eighth wicket, Brad Haddin also adjudged leg before after opting to shoulder arms against a delivery than turned sharply back into him from around the wicket.
The off-spinner then made himself hugely popular not only amongst team-mates and supporters, but also all those hoping not having to return for just a few minutes of action on Monday morning, as he ended yet another obdurate last-wicket Australian stand.
This time it was James Pattinson and Ryan Harris standing firm well into the extra half hour, but Swann eventually removed the former with just three balls of play remaining, claiming another lbw victim to spark big celebrations from the pitch to the media box and beyond!