Babar Azam fell cheaply as Pakistan were bowled out on the opening day at the Gabba, with Josh Hazlewood getting his man.
Mitchell Starc claimed four wickets and Pat Cummins finished with three as Pakistan were bowled out for 240 at the Gabba on Thursday.
Jos Buttler made 64 not out, including three sixes, to see England through to 271-8 at stumps after they had crumbled to 226-8.
Australia avoided more final-day agony at a tense Old Trafford to beat England and retain the Ashes.
Pat Cummins was described as the "all-round package" after his brilliant display of fast bowling on day three at Old Trafford.
Pat Cummins did not take a wicket on day three in Manchester, but he showed why he is the best Test bowler in the world.
England slipped from 166-2 to 200-5 by the close of play on day three of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford.
Australia remain favourites to win the third Test, but Joe Root and Joe Denly gave England an outside chance at Headingley.
Joe Root's second successive duck gave Josh Hazlewood encouragement and Australia ripped through England to take charge of the third Test.