Brisbane, November 25:
Australia were digging a massive hole for beleaguered England to escape from, as the tourists faced a demoralising defeat in the first Ashes cricket Test here today.
Skipper Ricky Ponting refused to enforce the follow-on after Australia dismissed the Ashes holders for just 157 to seize a 445-run lead.
The hosts swelled their advantage to 626 runs cruising to 181/1 by stumps on the third day with Justin Langer unbeaten on 88 and Ponting not out 51. Australia lost the wicket of Matthew Hayden, who perished on 37 going for a risky second single.
Ponting became the third Australian to pass 9,000 Test runs when he reached 12 during his second innings. The dayâ€™s star was Glenn McGrath, who captured his 29th five-wicket haul in Tests and 10th against England to finish with 6-50 as England folded in their first innings.