The Cricket Australia XI will require 198 runs to win on the final day of their four-day, day-night tour match against England at Adelaide Oval.
Three wickets remain in hand for the CA XI, who closed the day at 7-70.
The hosts slipped to 7-25 against a first-rate England attack, with Chris Woakes (4-17) and Craig Overton (2-10) tearing through the inexperienced batting card.
However Victoria’s Matthew Short (28 not out) and New South Wales’ Gurinder Sandhu (17 not out) steadied the ship, despite play being extended by half an hour with England in sight of victory.
Earlier in the day, Tasmania’s Simon Milenko claimed 5-34 as England was dismissed for 207 in their second dig.
The tourists reached 79 without loss, before losing 7-45 – including a collapse of 4-3 – as Milenko and Sandhu (2-47) bowled impressively.
Jonny Bairstow rescued England with an unbeaten 61 off just 66 deliveries, while Mark Stoneman (51) compiled his second half century of the match.
CA XI: Tim Paine (c), Jake Carder, Nick Larkin, Ryan Gibson, Will Pucovski, Jason Sangha, Matthew Short, Simon Milenko, Gurinder Sandhu, Daniel Fallins, Jackson Coleman
England XI: Joe Root (c), Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Jonathan Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Jake Ball, Mason Crane, James Anderson