A curiously muted final day of the Boxing Day Test petered out with four overs still to bowl; the draw was enough for Australia to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and also enough for India to avoid a series whitewash
Stats highlights from the fifth day of the third Test between Australia and India in Melbourne
With four overs to go, Australia's chances of victory were slim, but not impossible. Instead, Steven Smith was simply content that the Border-Gavaskar trophy was back in their grasp
Steven Smith has defended Australia's delayed declaration which reduced the team's chances of winning the Melbourne Test, saying that he "did not want to give India a sniff"
With a 2-0 lead, Australia only had to play risk-free cricket on the fifth day at the MCG to win the series. They achieved victory, but did they take caution too far?
Attack has been a good slave for India's batsmen this series, but they shouldn't let it become a bad master
All his cricketing life MS Dhoni has been obsessed with keeping the emotion out of it. He was never going to make leaving an emotional act. No farewell Test, speech or even press conference. Boom. Gone
Only four overs were lost despite an 86-minute rain interruption on the day, and a series of Australian starts kept India interested for the fact that none pushed on to three figures
Since the 2009 Ashes, several poor Australian performances have been masked by their bowlers, who have had to do both their job as well as that of their batsmen
David Warner has indicated that Australia will look to add to their 326-run lead on the fifth morning before declaring, with events from the Adelaide Test fresh in their mind
Stats highlights from the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia in Melbourne
For long a contributor to India's lack of control with the ball, Ishant Sharma has become far more accurate. The rest of the fast-bowling attack, however, still remains wayward
Some might say Shaun Marsh has got more chances than he deserves at Test level, but at the MCG he played an innings of great value to Australia, and his career
The centrepiece of day three was a stand of 262 between Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli, which left Steven Smith wondering where his next wicket was coming from and also kept open the prospect of an outright result
It was in Australia in 2011 that Virat Kohli announced himself as an emerging talent in Test cricket. Now, as the leader of a young batting group, he has owned the stage
Ajinkya Rahane was part of India's bench strength for several series before he finally got his opportunity. He's made it count on the most testing tours
Australian teams were renowned for their exceptional catching and fielding. This side is letting those standards slide
Stats highlights from the third day of the third Test between India and Australia in Melbourne
Virat Kohli said he was left with no good reason to respect Mitchell Johnson and some of the other Australia players after verbals flew "throughout the day" at the MCG
On a day of blue skies, a raucous crowd of 51,566, and some dreadful Indian fielding and bowling, Steven Smith's 192 was a masterpiece that guided his side to 530
Australia captain Steven Smith said that his team had aimed to exploit India's heavy bowling workload as they built towards their first-innings total of 530 at the MCG
R Ashwin has said that India will continue to target Brad Haddin with shorter deliveries with the aim of exploiting his weakness
Stats highlights from the first day of the third Test between Australia and India in Melbourne
In his first two Tests as Australia captain, Steven Smith has scored runs, with the tail and in the first innings to set up games, and in abundance. He's led his team from the front
India have let slip another Test that held promise for them courtesy one horrible bowling session; when their rigid bouncer strategy failed, their only apparent plan was waiting for batsmen to eventually surrender their wickets
Mohammed Shami bowls a few really good balls, but they are interspersed with far too many loose ones, an inconsistency that is unacceptable in Test cricket
Australia's injury worries continued on the second day in Melbourne, with David Warner unable to take the field during India's innings after being hit while batting in the nets
Steven Smith radiated certainty, adapting to the idiosyncrasies of the MCG's drop-in pitch and India's persevering bowlers to ensure his side ended the day on level terms with the visitors
Tests don't come grander than the Boxing Day and the first day's play at the MCG lived up to expectations, with its subplots and slow twists
Three Australia players made half-centuries on day one at the MCG; for each of them, the innings' meant different things
Virat Kohli began the task of captaining India full time by throwing his weight behind his bowlers, saying the batsmen need to share some of the blame for India's failures
It's not as easily defined as just saying it is about playing positive, aggressive cricket at all times
When the clock is ticking but the drop-in pitch is refusing to misbehave, when everything is hitting the middle of the bat, you need a man to rise above the conditions, you need some magic. On day five in Melbourne, Mitchell Johnson created magic
India's team director Ravi Shastri believes "the scoreline does not matter" so long as the team continue to show their attacking intent and push their opponents
India's new captain needs to realise talking is sweet but winning sweeter
Australian fast bowler, Ryan Harris', strong all-round performance helped his side draw the third Test against India to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the MCG on Tuesday.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has panned his side's fielding during the Boxing Day Test match as "shoddy at best"
MS Dhoni left his Test team much like he led it - without fanfare and an overt display of emotion. Indian cricket will know what it has lost only after he is gone
A look back at the key numbers from MS Dhoni's Test career, as batsman, captain, and wicketkeeper
MS Dhoni has retired from Test cricket with immediate effect following the drawn Test against Australia at the MCG
His ageing body might not be the most reliable, but there is no denying that Ryan Harris remains one of the most important cogs in this Australian team
Stats preview to the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, which hasn't seen a drawn Test since 1997, and where India have lost each of their last five matches
Joe Burns, who will make his debut in Melbourne, has been trying to fly under the radar, trying not to stay on the right side of the established players
Australia have confirmed Joe Burns will debut in Melbourne and bat at No. 6, while KL Rahul has been receiving a lot of attention from the coaches at the India nets
The stands will be teeming with life at the MCG and they will need to be entertained, no matter how much pressure the player might feel out in the middle
MS Dhoni has sought to rubbish reports that there had been a spat between Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli on the fourth, and last, morning of the Gabba Test
Australia will regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a win or draw at the MCG, where India have not won since 1981
This draw ends 13 consecutive Tests between Australia and India all won by the home side, going back to a draw in Delhi, October 2008
Number of years since a Test has been drawn at the MCG. The last drawn Test was between SA and Aus in 1997
Runs scored by Virat Kohli in this series. No overseas No. 4 batsmen has scored 500 runs in a series in Australia.
Number of 3s run by batsmen in this Test (at tea). Since 2001, the record for the most 3s in a Test is 58 (Aus v Ind, Adelaide, 2003)
Runs scored by Australia in this Test, the third-most by either team in Tests between India and Australia
Shaun Marsh's is the 3rd instance of an Australia batsman getting run out on 99 - all three of them have come at the MCG.
Number of dismissals collected by MS Dhoni in this Test - India's record for the most dismissals in a Test by a wicketkeeper.
Most runs scored on day 5 by a team batting fourth at the MCG in the last 40 years.
Number of fifties Shaun Marsh had got in nine Test innings in Australia before today.
Number of Indian bowlers who have taken 300+ international wickets; Ishant Sharma became the eighth
Number of times Watson has been dismissed by Ishant Sharma in Tests, averaging 19.85 runs per dismissal.
Shane Watson's batting average against R Ashwin in six Test innings; has been dismissed thrice in 55 balls.
Chris Rogers' batting average in the second innings as opposed to his average of 30.50 in the first.
Second-innings century stands by Rogers and Warner - no other pair has put on more such partnerships in Tests since 2000.