Despite a powerful ton by Heather Knight, Australia got the upper hand on Day 2 of the ongoing one-off Test in the Women's Ashes.
England appears to have run out of patience with out-of-form opener Haseeb Hameed, while Jimmy Anderson and Jack Leach were also been omitted.
Ben Stokes had a reprieve on nine when Pat Cummins put down a sharp return catch which would have left the tourists five down for less than 50 runs.
Playing his first Test since 2019, Khawaja made the most of the opportunity as he anchored Australia's innings with his 137 from 260 balls.
After rain delays permitted only 21 completed overs in the opening two sessions Wednesday, runs and wickets came more frequently in the final passage of play as Australia reached 126-3 at stumps.
England trail the ongoing five-match Ashes series 0-3.
Australia made one injury-enforced change for the fourth test starting Jan 5 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with Usman Khawaja replacing middle-order batter Travis Head.
England's preparations for the fourth Ashes Test against Australia took another hit after one of their net bowlers tested positive for COVD.
Head is asymptomatic and will remain in Melbourne with his partner for seven days as per the Victorian government's health requirements.
England's touring party has recorded seven positive cases - three support staff and four family members - since a PCR testing regime was implemented on Monday.
Having grown up on the Australian pitches, Warner said bounce is one of the main hurdles for England.
Boland claimed a modest haul of one wicket for 48 in England’s first innings of the third Ashes Test, before completing a remarkable debut by taking six wickets for seven runs in the second innings.
Joe Root's men were the fastest to surrender the Urn after they were skittled out for a meagre 68 on day 3 of the third Test to lose the match by an innings and 14 runs.
Trailing by 82 runs on the first innings of the third test, England resumed on Tuesday’s third day of play on 31-4 and was bowled out for 68, losing by an innings and 14 runs.
Resuming on Tuesday on 31-4, England was bowled out for 68. Ben Stokes, on 11, was bowled by Mitchell Starc in the fifth over of the day.