Ian Bell was six not out at the interval with Jonny Bairstow unbeaten on nought. Captain Alastair Cook, who won the toss before the start of play and chose to bat, fell just before tea after grinding his way to a painstaking 51 while Kevin Pietersen made a quickfire 26 and Jonathan Trott an unusually rapid 49.
England appeared well placed on 149 for two but the loss of Cook and Pietersen gave Michael Clarke's Australia fresh heart ahead of the final session of the day.
Opener Cook was in tortoise mode throughout his 164-ball innings, continually shouldering arms to wide balls he refused to play at.
 It appeared as though the England skipper was intent on delivering his first century of the series before he left a ball from paceman Bird that swung into the left-hander and trapped him plumb lbw.
Cook's dismissal came shortly after off spinner Lyon, bowling round the wicket, cajoled Pietersen into offering a catch behind to Brad Haddin.
 Pietersen had dominated a stand of 42 for the third wicket with his captain.
Trott's knock was the most fluent of the day at the Emirates Durham, England's number three rattling his way to 49 before he inside-edged Lyon straight to Usman Khawaja at short leg.
Earlier, Joe Root was the first wicket to fall when he was given out caught behind via the Decision Review System after edging Shane Watson to Haddin with the England total on 34.
'Hot Spot' technology, which has thrown up a host of controversies throughout the series, showed up the tiniest of marks on the outside of Root's bat and the Yorkshireman had to go.
England are fielding an unchanged team but Australia made one alteration to the side that drew the third test in Manchester earlier this week, giving Bird his first start of the series in place of Mitchell Starc.
The home team are 2-0 up in the series and already assured of regaining the Ashes.


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