Australia paceman Mitchell Starc admitted it had been a tough day for the tourists at Trent Bridge as England closed on 326-6, a lead of 261.
The hosts started the third day of the first Ashes Test on 80-2 in their second innings and Australia were only able to claim four more victims in the Nottingham heat.
Starc had dismissed both Joe Root and Jonathan Trott shortly before tea on Thursday but was unable to add to his haul as he finished with figures of 2-66 from 27 overs.
He said: "It was a tough day but that's Test cricket for you. It's tough out there - good batting conditions - but we didn't bowl too bad and we toughed it out.
"We are going to have to come back tomorrow and take these final wickets and then chase it down, but there is plenty of time left in the game.
"It's an absolutely great wicket to bat on and there's no reason we can't chase down whatever is set for us but we have got to take those last four wickets first.
"The pitch is very flat. There is not much on offer at the moment especially when the sun is out.
"As we know overhead conditions normally play a big part here in England and it was a pretty good day out here today so we knew it was going to be good to bat on.
"We toughed it out well with the ball. I thought we bowled pretty well - probably a few too many boundary balls - but it's a good wicket to bat on and we have got two days to go."