Stuart Broad struck once during a rain-shortened first morning, with the wicket of the dangerous David Warner, in the second Ashes Test.
Warner was in the mood to try to take this game away from the tourists quickly, after Michael Clarke won the toss at the Adelaide Oval, but got no further than the eighth over as Australia reached 46 for one between the showers.
Warner's intention was clearly to dominate, in an attempt to keep the Ashes momentum with the hosts after their landslide victory at the Gabba.
A crunching off-driven four and one off the back foot over point off Broad were among the combative opener's four boundaries as he scored 25 of the first 26 runs in company with Chris Rogers.
But Warner's determination to attack brought a false and costly shot as he pushed Broad straight into the hands of point to give England a breakthrough they badly needed.
Rain then forced the teams off for a second and third time, eventually bringing an early lunch after Rogers and Shane Watson had added 12 more runs.
England had sprung a minor shock here when they handed a debut to all-rounder Ben Stokes and brought Monty Panesar back as a second spinner for his first Ashes match since July 2009.