(CNN) -- Three quick wickets from paceman James Anderson helped England take control on the opening day of the second Ashes Test against Australia in Adelaide.
Anderson had Australia reeling on two runs for the loss of three wickets -- their worse start to an Ashes Test in 60 years -- before the home side recovered to make 245 all out.
The Lancashire fast bowler claimed the scalps of key men Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke on his way to securing figures of 4-51 off 19 overs.
Only Michael Hussey defied the England bowlers, scoring a battling 93 before being caught off the bowling of spinner Graeme Swann.
There was just enough time for England to negotiate one over in reply and they had scored a single run at the close of play.
"It was a fantastic start and we obviously didn't expect to have them 2-3, so we were delighted but we didn't want to get too carried away with that," Anderson told reporters.
"It was a hugely satisfying day for everyone to come to a ground which is a notoriously flat pitch with big first innings scores and I thought it was great to keep them to such a low score."
The five-Test series is currently level after the opening Test in Brisbane ended in a draw, with Australia need a series victory to reclaim the Ashes.