Australia A are in trouble in their four-day tour match against the England Lions at Old Trafford, trailing by 196 runs heading into the final day with the hosts on 3-158.
Resuming on day three at 1-127, still 188 runs behind the Lions' first-innings total of 315, Australia A were bowled out for 277 on Thursday, giving England a 38-run lead.
Ed Cowan was the backbone of the Aussie innings, but he fell just short of a deserved ton when he was out for 99, caught behind by Craig Kieswetter off the bowling of off-spinner James Tredwell.
The skipper's dismissal sparked a collapse for Australia A, and from 1-166 they were all out for 277.
Michael Klinger made a hard-earned 66, but he fell shortly after Cowan, also dismissed by Tredwell.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Simon Kerrigan removed Peter Forrest (24), Tim Paine (7), Mitchell Johnson (1) and Nathan Lyon (0) to have the Australians well and truly battling at 8-231.
Jon Holland (17) and Tom Cooper (26 not out) put on a valuable 30 for the ninth wicket, but another two wickets from Kerrigan put an end to the Aussie innings.
Kerrigan was the pick of the bowlers with 6-59 from 25.3 overs, while his spin partner Tredwell finished with 3-93 from 37.
England made a sticky start to their second innings, with captain Eoin Morgan out for a duck in the third over off the bowling of paceman Jackson Bird, but they soon steadied the ship through Joe Root (70) and Jonny Bairstow (73 not out).
Root was eventually out for 70 when he was dismissed by spinner Jon Holland, and when Nathan Lyon removed Samit Patel for 12 late in the day, the tourists ended on a positive note.
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First Posted 10 August, 2012 6:27AM AEDT