Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

739dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Australia run out of time, but win series

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

739dBrydon Coverdale

What is 24 balls more?

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

739dBrydon Coverdale

Smith's declaration of independence

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"

739dJarrod Kimber at the MCG

Did Australia win the wrong way?

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?

739dSidharth Monga at the MCG

India pull no punches

Attack has been a good slave for India's batsmen this series, but they shouldn't let it become a bad master

739dSidharth Monga at the MCG

No sentimental farewell for a practical man

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

Day 4

739dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Rogers, Marsh set up 326-run lead

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

739dJarrod Kimber

No fear, the Australian tail is here

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

739dBrydon Coverdale in Melbourne

'We need a few more runs' - Warner

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

739dBishen Jeswant

Home runs for Shaun Marsh

Stats highlights from the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia in Melbourne

739dSidharth Monga at the MCG

India's gangling life support

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

739dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Marsh battles for job security

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

Day 3

739dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Australia surge after Kohli-Rahane special

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

739dSambit Bal at the MCG

Virat Kohli, soul provider of India's batting

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

739dJarrod Kimber at the MCG

From waterboy to warrior

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

739dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia's butter fingers

Australian teams were renowned for their exceptional catching and fielding. This side is letting those standards slide

740dSidharth Monga at the MCG

No reason to respect Johnson - Kohli

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

Day 2

739dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Smith 192 helps Australia pull away

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

739dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Wanted to tire India's bowlers, says Smith

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

739dShiva Jayaraman and Bishen Jeswant

India leak sixth 500 of 2014

Stats highlights from the first day of the third Test between Australia and India in Melbourne

739dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Smith acting like a captain

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

739dSambit Bal at the MCG

India's bowlers fall short, again

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

739dSidharth Monga at the MCG

Rudderless Shami proves too costly

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

Day 1

739dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Honours even after see-saw day

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

739dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia's 50-50 lifelines

Three Australia players made half-centuries on day one at the MCG; for each of them, the innings' meant different things

Others

1167dSidharth Monga in Sydney

'Sometimes we're too harsh on our bowlers' - Kohli

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

740dSidharth Monga

How Johnson rose above all to create magic

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

257dESPNcricinfo staff

Give this team 12 months - Shastri

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

740dSamir Chopra

Memo to Virat Kohli

India's new captain needs to realise talking is sweet but winning sweeter

257dESPNcricinfo staff

All-round Ryan Harris stars in drawn Test

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.

257dSambit Bal

A uniquely remarkable man

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

739dESPNcricinfo staff

Dhoni retires from Test cricket

MS Dhoni has retired from Test cricket with immediate effect following the drawn Test against Australia at the MCG

257dBrydon Coverdale

Ryan Harris, Australia's MVP

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

739dS Rajesh

Five Tests, five defeats

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

739dBrydon Coverdale

Burns ready for the hot seat

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

739dSidharth Monga in Melbourne

Burns to debut, India mull over combination

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

739dSidharth Monga in Melbourne

The Boxing Day phenomenon

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

739dSidharth Monga in Melbourne

No Kohli-Dhawan spat - Dhoni

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

257dThe Preview by Daniel Brettig

Flawed teams face festive Test

Australia will regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a win or draw at the MCG, where India have not won since 1981

Home field advantage

13

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

Rare Draw Coming Up?

17

Number of years since a Test has been drawn at the MCG. The last drawn Test was between SA and Aus in 1997

Just Missing Out

499

Runs scored by Virat Kohli in this series. No overseas No. 4 batsmen has scored 500 runs in a series in Australia.

Run batsmen run

57

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)

A Boatload

848

Runs scored by Australia in this Test, the third-most by either team in Tests between India and Australia

Don't Run on 99 at the MCG!

3

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.

Indian Record

9

Number of dismissals collected by MS Dhoni in this Test - India's record for the most dismissals in a Test by a wicketkeeper.

Declare already?

234

Most runs scored on day 5 by a team batting fourth at the MCG in the last 40 years.

Maiden at home

0

Number of fifties Shaun Marsh had got in nine Test innings in Australia before today.

Ishant joins a club

8

Number of Indian bowlers who have taken 300+ international wickets; Ishant Sharma became the eighth

Bunny

7

Number of times Watson has been dismissed by Ishant Sharma in Tests, averaging 19.85 runs per dismissal.

Struggle

8.66

Shane Watson's batting average against R Ashwin in six Test innings; has been dismissed thrice in 55 balls.

Better later

41.70

Chris Rogers' batting average in the second innings as opposed to his average of 30.50 in the first.

Second-innings specialists

4

Second-innings century stands by Rogers and Warner - no other pair has put on more such partnerships in Tests since 2000.