England appeared destined for a wide-margin defeat in the second Test at Adelaide, despite their first century stand of this winter's Ashes.
Joe Root (66no) and Kevin Pietersen (53) provided a modicum of resistance at last, having joined forces after both openers went early trying to hook their team out of trouble.
England were set the improbable task of batting throughout the final two days to escape with a stalemate, in notional pursuit of a world-record Test victory target of 531 after Australia declared on their overnight 132 for three.
They stumbled to 20 for two in the first hour of a cloudy morning - and then thanks to Root and Pietersen, mustered the relative teatime respectability of 143 for four.
Australia captain Michael Clarke judged that he had put runs out of the equation, and could therefore use a variety of tactics - including the expensive leg-spin of Steve Smith - to try to eke out wickets.
None succeeded for 36 overs - including even Mitchell Johnson's 90mph thunderbolts this time - until Pietersen succumbed, via a faint inside edge on to his off bail, pushing crookedly forward to his nemesis Peter Siddle.
He had hit two fours and three sixes in his 90-ball 50, following Root to the milestone but at a slightly quicker tempo.
Alastair Cook's departure to Johnson for a single provided a deflating start start to England's mission improbable.
He mishooked to a tumbling Ryan Harris, and then 40 minutes later Carberry got a little more bat on the same shot to Siddle but had to go too when he picked out Nathan Lyon - sliding on the boundary.
Root and Pietersen were therefore presented with an unenviable task, but one someone had to take on if only to salvage some pride and belief to take into the remainder of the series.
They did so admirably until Pietersen was undone by Siddle, for the ninth time in his career.
Shane Watson again played a part in his bowling partner's success, his miserly medium-pace stagnating the scoring rate as ever and Pietersen falling after three successive maidens.
Clarke then cheekily revisited the Smith factor for an over before tea, and it was too much for Ian Bell.
England's most accomplished batsman went up the wicket to meet the ball on the full but hit it low to mid on where a delighted Johnson stooped for a telling catch.