Australia's Nathan Lyon took four wickets as England collapsed to 238 for nine at stumps on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street on Friday.
Off-spinner Lyon, left out of the first two Tests in favour of teenager Ashton Agar, despite taking nine wickets in Delhi in the final Test of Australia's 4-0 series loss in March, had figures of four for 42 at the close.
England captain Alastair Cook, who won the toss, was the only batsman to make a 50 as the hosts, who had been in a solid position at 107 for one, played a succession of poor shots in the face of accurate Australian bowling.
Tim Bresnan was 12 not out and James Anderson, who gave the crowd something to cheer with four fours, 16 not out.
England came into this match having already retained the urn.
England, on a slowish outfield, initially found runs hard to come by against Ryan Harris and Tasmania's Jackson Bird. However, it was first change Shane Watson who had Joe Root (16) caught behind, although Australia had to challenge New Zealand umpire Tony Hill's original not-out verdict.
Nevertheless, the Hot Spot showed a mark. Cook, had yet to make a major score this series, but he looked in good touch until, trying to whip Lyon through the legside.