Australia were left to lament the rain that fell late on the fourth day of the third Test in Perth but Josh Hazlewood felt the dismissals of Alastair Cook and Joe Root were key to their charge towards Ashes glory.
Heavy showers brought a premature end to Sunday's action at the WACA, with England 127 behind on 132-4, first-innings centurions Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow at the crease.
Hazlewood (2-23) removed openers Mark Stoneman and Cook - the latter courtesy of a superb one-handed return catch just above the turf - before Nathan Lyon ousted Root with his first ball and Mitchell Starc accounted for James Vince (55) with an unplayable delivery.
More rain is forecast for Monday but with Moeen Ali out of form and England's tail looking vulnerable against Hazlewood, Starc and Pat Cummins, Australia remain confident of a victory that will regain the urn.
"That [Starc's ball to Vince] was pretty special, I think that's getting anyone out!" Hazlewood told BT Sport.
"We're a bit frustrated, but it's part of cricket, we would have loved one or two more wickets tonight but unfortunately it started raining.
"To get Cook and Root back in the sheds is very important. We feel pretty close but you're never too sure until it actually happens. We've taken their tail's wickets quite quickly so hopefully it's the same again tomorrow.
"We're pretty confident, we're in a great position and hopefully we can finish them off."
Earlier in the day, James Anderson finished with 4-116 as Australia reached 662-9 declared and the seamer, who moved to within one of fifth-placed Courtney Walsh on the all-time wicket-takers list, urged his side to come out fighting on Monday.
"Obviously we're behind the game a little bit," he said. "We are where we are. We've got to try and keep fighting. The rain helped us, tomorrow we've got to come with a good attitude and hopefully fight through the day.
"The application today was really good, James Vince got a ball that was unplayable, Dawid and Jonny got us through to the end and we've got to rely on everyone tomorrow to get us through the day.
"We got ourselves into a great position, to only get 400 from there [368-4] was a real disappointment to us.
"But we can't do anything about that now, all we can do tomorrow is come with a good attitude and try and get through the day."
|´I don´t know if this is a dream´ - Sandgren stunned as remarkable run continues|
|Van Persie´s Feyenoord return ´beautiful and special´|
|Kepa pens new Athletic Bilbao deal amid Madrid speculation|
|I had pain everywhere - Halep determined to battle injury|
|PSG star Mbappe holds no grudge against Lopes after Lyon collision|
|Messi makes football better, says beaten Real Betis goalkeeper|
|Federer relishing Berdych reunion at Australian Open|
|Goretzka accepts vitriol from Schalke fans after Bayern move|
|What am I getting for my birthday? Arsenal-bound Mkhitaryan celebrates with Pogba|
|Halep sails into quarters after overpowering Osaka|
|Ince: Sanchez snubbed City because United are miles bigger|
|Federer sets up another Berdych showdown|
|Black Caps cruise past Pakistan in first T20|
|Bale: Madrid will get back to their best|
|Pacers snap Spurs´ home streak|
|Kerber survives scare en route to quarters|
|Valverde: Messi is the best player there is and there ever will be|
|NFC championship Game: Three takeaways from Eagles´ win over Vikings|
|Holland, Richardson added to squad for South Africa tour|
|Rahm struggling to believe he´s world number two|
|No more miracles for Vikings as Eagles cruise to Super Bowl|
|Trout wears dog mask to support Eagles|
|Emery: Lyon loss unfair on PSG|
|Rahm wins CareerBuilder Challenge on fourth play-off hole|
|AFC Championship Game: Three takeaways from Patriots´ win over Jaguars|
|Spalletti defends struggling Inter amid six-game winless run|
|Holding: Kohli not great until he scores runs in England|
|Fekir: Lyon still targeting Champions League despite PSG win|
|J.J. Watt named Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist|
|Wenger suggests Sanchez is joining Manchester United for money|
|Brady produces stunning fourth-quarter comeback as Patriots reach 10th Super Bowl|
|Hazard: Chelsea don´t need to buy a striker|
|Rakitic hails ´patient´ Barcelona after Real Betis rout|
|Neymar? I´d rather watch the golf, says Bale|
|Mbappe injury from goalkeeper collision ´nothing serious´|
|Don´t look back - Guardiola gives Manchester City title warning|
|Vermaelen to face tests on new hamstring injury|
|Conte wants ´point of reference´ striker as Barnes joins surprising Chelsea links|
|Sane the perfect tonic to Sanchez blues for City and Guardiola|
|Suarez scores 100th LaLiga goal as Messi reaches new milestones|
|Irving scores 40 points on return but Celtics lose again|
|Lyon 2 Paris Saint-Germain 1: 10-man leaders downed by twin wondergoals|
|Inter 1 Roma 1: Vecino snatches point on possible Dzeko farewell|
|Real Betis 0 Barcelona 5: Messi, Suarez rampant as leaders go 11 points clear|
|PSG star Mbappe injured in goalkeeper collision|
|Smith rejects ball tampering talk|
|Monchi: Roma will replace Dzeko|
|Kessie a far better player than I was, claims AC Milan coach Gattuso|
|Neymar to Real Madrid stories manufactured by Spanish press, claims Marquinhos|
|Brady active with taped throwing hand for AFC Championship Game|
|Cagliari 1 AC Milan 2: Kessie at the double in comeback win|
|Watford hire Javi Gracia as Marco Silva successor|
|I am happy with our squad - Pochettino denies Malcom rumours|
|Not much changed - Zidane boosted by clinical Madrid|
|No chance of January move, says Vidal|
|Saracens edge into last eight as Wasps and Ulster miss out|
|Selfie or stitches? Ronaldo bloodied after Madrid brace|
|Heynckes hails Bayern win: This is what sets us apart|
|Southampton 1 Tottenham 1: Kane earns visitors a point|
|Silva assured of chances at AC Milan after latest first-team snub|
|Saracens scrape into Champions Cup last eight|
|Goretzka´s Schalke return marred by abuse|
|Real Madrid 7 Deportivo La Coruna 1: Seven-up for Zidane´s men as Bale shines|
|McIlroy ´in really good shape´ after Abu Dhabi return|
|Muller brings up 100 Bundesliga goals in Bayern win|
|Dimitrov places Kyrgios among tennis´ most talented after Melbourne classic|
|Bayern Munich 4 Werder Bremen 2: Lewandowski & Muller at the double to spare champions´ blushes|
|Do Arsenal or Man Utd get the better deal? Sanchez v Mkhitaryan in Opta numbers|
|Edmund: I can win Australian Open|
|Pele ´fine´ and in ´no pain´ after reported health concerns|