England forced the pace of its innings at 5.5 runs per over ahead of forecasted bad weather this weekend.
Starc, Cummins and Marsh did most of the damage for Australia, but Crawley and Brook found themselves among runs, slowly pushing England towards the 251-run target.
Ben Duckett played a patient 62 and Ollie Pope was on 32. Spinner Nathan Lyon got the only wicket, gifted by Zac Crawley on 48.
England are in need of a win to level the series 2-2 in the five-match series. Australian pacers struggled to find rhythm as Zak Crawley and Joe Root made merry in England's first innings.
The first two sessions of the day were lost to rain and subsequent delays caused by wet outfield.
England was 13 without loss from four overs by lunch. Ben Duckett had 7 and Zac Crawley 6.
Zak Crawley scored a brilliant century to take England 67 runs ahead on day 2 of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford.
In the four overs England gave itself for a probing bowl, Australia went 14 without loss at stumps and opener David Warner survived his test nemesis Stuart Broad, who opened the attack. Warner was 8 not out and Usman Khawaja...
Root was 66 not out and his Yorkshire clubmate Bairstow had 33. The pair came together after Harry Brook was out in bizarre fashion and captain Ben Stokes...
Both teams will eat with some confidence at Edgbaston, though Australia gained a psychological edge when England opener Zak Crawley (61) was dismissed by...
Archer was seen in action in Abu Dhabi in November when he trained there with the Test squad.
The same pitch was criticized during Australia's tour in March when match referee Ranjan Madugalle rated the wicket as below average after only 14 wickets fell...
Zak Crawley hit 122 and Ben Duckett made 107 in a blistering opening stand of 233. Ollie Pope and Harry Brook blazed hundreds in the last session.
Ben Stokes made 103 for his first century as England full-time Test captain. Ben Foakes made 113 not out for his highest-ever Test score.
England have made just one change from the squad that lost the Lord’s Test against South Africa. Ollie Robinson replaced Matthew Potts. Gets ENG vs SA 2nd...
With his 119 not out in Barbados, Joe Root scored two-consecutive hundreds against West Indies in the series. He had scored 109 on drawn first Test.
England declared its second innings at 349/6 just before lunch and gave West Indies a tempting target of 286 from 70 overs to win.
England were 217/1 in their second innings at stumps on Day 4. West Indies made 375 in reply to England's 311 in the first innings.