There was more than a sense of deja vu when Stuart Broad dismissed David Warner for a record-equalling seventh time in this Ashes series.
Stuart Broad smashed Pat Cummins for a couple of sixes before England were dismissed for 329, leaving Australia with a big run chase.
Joe Denly was closing in on a maiden Test century at tea after the opener and Ben Stokes made Australia toil.
England led by 157 runs at lunch on the third day at The Oval, progressing to 88-2 with Rory Burns and Joe Root the men to fall.
Jonny Bairstow had Steve Smith diving to make his ground and the Australia batsman accepted he was fooled.
Steve Smith's score of 80 was a meagre one by his standards, and Jofra Archer could tell Australia's talisman was not on top form.
England are in good shape to draw the Ashes series at 2-2 but Marnus Labuschagne insists Australia are determined to finish with a win.
England lead by 78 after day two of the final Ashes Test, Jofra Archer taking his second six-wicket haul of the series.